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Cabeza Prieta Wilderness

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The Cabeza Prieta Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Cabeza Prieta Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

A refuge permit and holdharmless agreement is currently required to enter the refuge and wilderness area. No fee is charged for the permit. Also, permits for the refuge are currently valid for recreation in approved areas on the Barry M. Goldwater Range.

Wood campfires are not permitted. For visitor safety, four-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicles are required for travel on all public use (non-wilderness) trails, except Charlie Bell Road where two-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicles are permitted. Vehicles may be parked on established pull-off sites within 50 feet of the public use roads. No motorized or mechanized devices are allowed inside the wilderness area. More specific regulations are available for persons requesting a refuge permit.

For more information about visiting Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge or the Cabeza Prieta Wilderness Area, please talk to the public-use staff at the refuge visitor center. The center is located at 1611 North Second Avenue in Ajo, Arizona.




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