The United States Congress designated the Woodchute Wilderness (map
) in 1984 and it now has a total of 5,887 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Arizona
and is managed by the Forest Service.
An easily accessible Wilderness, Woodchute offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks and panoramic vistas of the Verde Valley, as well as the red rocks of Sedona and Sycamore Canyon. Historically, when the mining town of Jerome was booming, this area was used as a wood supply. A chute was constructed on the North side of the mountain to deliver the wood to Jerome, hence the name. The high elevation of this area provides for comfortable summer temperatures, and growth of ponderosa pine forests. With the dramatic elevation changes from the bottom to the top of this wilderness, wildlife populations are diverse. Black bear, elk, mule and whitetail deer, mountain lions, golden and bald eagles can all be found here. This wilderness has 2 trails totaling 8 miles leaving a large area of the wilderness for nature to dominate.