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Gibraltar Mountain Wilderness

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Photograph taken in  the Gibraltar Mountain Wilderness


The United States Congress designated the Gibraltar Mountain Wilderness (map) in 1990 and it now has a total of 18,790 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Arizona and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


On the western edge of the Buckskin Mountains where they flatten toward the lower Colorado River, Gibralter Mountain rises only 1,568 feet above sea level, a raggedy mass of volcanic rock cut by many deep, sandy washes and rocky canyons. Among the eroded volcanic tuff beds you'll find numerous fascinating alcoves and caves, and along the heights are rewarding vistas in all directions. Every year several hundred people come on foot and on horseback to see the sights and to photograph the colorful panoramas dotted with creosote bush, cholla, barrel cactus, and paloverde. Patient and observant wildlife watchers catch glimpses of desert bighorn sheep. A few rock climbers have discovered this area. The winding washes make fine pathways of travel. While some see it only as a barren land, others have found Gibralter Mountain a serene and beautiful desert refuge. Temperatures range from lows near 25 degrees F. in the months of December and January to highs that may exceed 115 degrees F. from July through September. Carry plenty of water, as this area only receives 2 to 8 inches of rainfall per year. Elevations within the Wilderness boundaries range from 560 to 2,100 feet.

Planning to Visit the Gibraltar Mountain 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 Gibraltar Mountain 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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