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Harcuvar Mountains Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Harcuvar Mountains Wilderness (map) in 1990 and it now has a total of 25,050 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Arizona and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


This desert encompasses over 10 miles of the Harcuvar Mountains' ridgeline, from an elevation of 2,400 feet on the bajadas to more than 5,100 feet on the mountainous crest. Plant and animal communities thrive on diverse landforms, including an "island" of interior chaparral habitat on the northern ridgeline that hides a few species of wildlife cut off from their parent populations: rosy boas, Gilbert's skinks, and desert night lizards. Desert bighorn sheep live alongside mountain lions, desert tortoises, golden eagles, and several species of hawks. Creosote bush, cholla, barrel cactus, and paloverde dot the landscape. Isolated from the rest of the world, the Harcuvar Mountains offer splendid and lonely backpacking in the canyons and on the ridges.

Planning to Visit the Harcuvar Mountains 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 Harcuvar Mountains 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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