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North Santa Teresa Wilderness

General Maps Area Management Wilderness Laws


The United States Congress designated the North Santa Teresa Wilderness (map) in 1990 and it now has a total of 5,800 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Arizona and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The North Santa Teresa Wilderness is bordered by the Santa Teresa Wilderness to the south.


Just south of and sharing a border with the San Carlos Indian Reservation, North Santa Teresa preserves Black Rock, a geologic landmark of special spiritual significance to many Indians. Rising nearly 1,000 feet from its base, towering darkly over the desert floor, Black Rock possesses an undeniably mystical aura. Unfortunately, the rock has been abused by vandals in the past, which has made the San Carlos Apaches protective of the area. The remainder of the mile-long rhyolitic plug of which it is a part stands encircled by steep cliffs of several hundred feet. In the southeast portion of the Wilderness Jackson Mountain rises to 5,890 feet and is dissected by numerous canyons and washes. This boulder-strewn area supports dense desert and mountain shrub, grassland, and riparian vegetation.

Surrounded by reservation and private land, North Santa Teresa Wilderness offers no open public access. To obtain permission to enter, contact the San Carlos Apaches or private landowners prior to your visit.

Planning to Visit the North Santa Teresa 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 North Santa Teresa 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.

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