The United States Congress designated the Fishhooks Wilderness (map
) in 1990 and it now has a total of 10,500 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Arizona
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Sharing a long northeastern border with San Carlos Indian Reservation, Fishhooks Wilderness is a haven of solitude in an isolated and seldom visited region of Arizona. Ruggedly beautiful with grand vistas, the area contains Upper, Middle, and Lower Fishhooks, as well as Sam, Steer Springs, and Dutch Pasture Canyons, all of which offer pleasant hiking among shady riparian vegetation. Set in the Gila Mountains, Gila Peak, on the southern side of the Wilderness, rises to 6,629 feet (the lowest point in the Wilderness being about 4,000 feet) and supports a border piñon pine forest found only in southeastern Arizona. On lower benches and slopes you'll roam through grasslands and chaparral. In these areas, you may find elk, mule deer, white tail deer, black bear, mountain lion, coyote, and javelina. Ten to 15 inches of precipitation falls annually in Fishhooks Wilderness with temperatures ranging from 20 to 110 degrees F. Be forewarned: if you want to wander into the reservation you'll need a special permit.