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Granite Mountain Wilderness

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A hiker in a blue jacket treks along a dry dirt trail surrounded by trees and other shrubbery.
Library image #1941: A hiker follows the trail through the Granite Mountain Wilderness.

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Granite Mountain Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 9,808 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Arizona and is managed by the Forest Service.

Description

Ragged boulders, some as big as a house, stack on top of each other to an elevation of 7,626 feet in Granite Mountain Wilderness, an area about eight miles away from Prescott. From the summit of Granite Mountain itself you can look across the entire city of Prescott, as well as the towns of Chino Valley and Skull Valley. On southern slopes chaparral (a community of plants including shrub live oak, mountain mahogany, manzanita, and lemonade berry bush) dominates with scattered stands of pinion and juniper. On northern slopes you'll also find pinion, juniper, and some pine and oak higher up. Mule deer and javelina inhabit the area, along with an occasional mountain lion, bobcat, badger, fox, skunk, coyote, rabbit, and smaller rodents. Hikers, horseback riders, and hunters may be found here in abundance, on the three trails totaling 12 miles. Make sure to take plenty of water when hiking in Granite Mountain Wilderness. In 2013 the Doce fire burned approximately 75% of this wilderness.

Planning to Visit the Granite Mountain Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Granite Mountain Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.