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Apache Creek Wilderness

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Photograph taken in  the Apache Creek Wilderness
Josh Keith


The United States Congress designated the Apache Creek Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 5,633 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Arizona and is managed by the Forest Service.


Remote, and relatively rugged, Apache Creek Wilderness offers rolling hills of juniper and pinion pine interspersed with outcroppings of granite boulders and ponderosa pine. Time. wind, and water have smoothed the rock, providing excellent habitat for mountain lions and numerous bird species. Three natural springs feed several important riparian ecosystems, including Apache Creek itself. Elevations range from 5,280 feet to 6,970 feet. There is approximately 5 miles of trail in this wilderness.

Planning to Visit the Apache Creek Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Apache Creek Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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