The United States Congress designated the Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness (map
) in 1990 and it now has a total of 11,700 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Arizona
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Sculpted with steep slopes and granite outcroppings, the rugged and remote Dos Cabezas Mountains rise in elevation from 4,080 feet to 7,587 feet on Government Peak in the southeast corner. Seasonal waterfalls tumble down boulder-strewn Government Peak, creating pools that invite a dip. Two other peaks rise above 7,000 feet. From the high elevations, you'll be rewarded with outstanding views of Sulphur Springs and San Simon Valleys and the faint outlines of numerous mountain ranges in the distance. Several springs attract an abundance of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, mule deer, mountain lions, golden eagles, and bald eagles. The endangered peregrine falcon migrates through the area. In Buckeye Canyon the beautiful collared lizard suns itself on desert-hot rocks. Mountain shrub, desert shrub, and riparian vegetation cover the Wilderness.
The Bureau of Land Management maintains a picnic area in Happy Camp Canyon, near the eastern boundary amid tall sycamores. From Happy Camp, an abandoned road leads up Howell Canyon, past remnants of turn-of-the-century mining operations.