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.