The United States Congress designated the Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness (map
) in 1990 and it now has a total of 12,300 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Arizona
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Hassayampa River flows freely for several miles along the southern and eastern portions of this Wilderness, supporting a riparian habitat. The area reaches a high point on Sam Powell Peak at 4,015 feet in the western portion (rising from a low point of 2,400 feet within the Wilderness boundaries), where you'll also discover a striking geological monolith called The Needle. Side canyons and uplands are covered in chaparral, paloverde, and saguaro. Common wildlife includes mountain lions, bobcats, javalina, other smaller mammals, rattlesnakes, and a variety of other non-venomous snakes.
Average annual temperatures in Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness range from 35 degrees Fahrenheit in winter to 100 degrees in summer, with 8 inches of precipitation falling annually. Visitors come to backpack or horsepack and to photograph the landscape. There is a total of 21 miles of trail in the Wilderness. Private land exists adjacent to the Wilderness boundary and should not be crossed without prior permission.