The United States Congress designated the Mount Nutt Wilderness (map
) in 1990 and it now has a total of 28,080 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Arizona
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
At 5,216 feet, Mount Nutt presides over a colorful and wild terrain encompassing eight miles of the central and highest portion of the Black Mountains. Along the main ridgeline you'll find prominent mesas that have been cut into a series of steep canyon mazes. The outlying area is ringed by volcanic plugs and drops as lows as 2,200 feet near the Wilderness boundary.
More than 100 desert bighorn sheep are known to make their home in the Wilderness. Numerous springs in the area sustain small oases of large cottonwoods, willows, and oaks. A parcel of privately held land exists in the western portion. Human visitors come to backpack, hunt, scramble on the rocks, and take photographs in the morning and evening when the sun casts a delightful glow on the carved volcanic landforms.