The United States Congress designated the Cottonwood Point Wilderness (map
) in 1984 and it now has a total of 6,860 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Arizona
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Cottonwood Point Wilderness is bordered by
the Canaan Mountain Wilderness
to the north.
On the map, this piñon-, juniper-, and sagebrush-covered Wilderness looks like two small "peninsulas" divided by Cottonwood Canyon. Extending south from the Arizona-Utah border, the land rises to 6,322 feet on Cottonwood Point itself at the lower end of the western peninsula. Craggy pinnacles and 1,000-foot cliffs of multicolored Navajo sandstone cap this irregular plateau. Between the crags lie deep and narrow canyons, the wetter ones filled with willow and cottonwood. Mule deer, bobcat, and mountain lions hide in this area, and coyotes lift their voices to splendid moonlit nights. Immediately to the north lies Utah's Canaan Mountain Wilderness.
Cottonwood Point Wilderness is a convoluted, rugged country as "reminiscent of the landscapes of Zion National Park." Without trails and difficult to access, Cottonwood Point receives few human visitors. It's a prime opportunity for quiet canyon backpacking, hiking and horsepacking.