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Big Horn Mountains Wilderness

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Area Management

The Big Horn Mountains Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Big Horn Mountains Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.


• Unless otherwise specified, no motorized equipment or mechanical transport, with the exception of wheelchairs, is allowed.

• Group size is limited to 25 people. Groups exceeding 25 people will require prior written authorization from the Hassayampa Field Manager.

• Do not disturb or remove wild tortoises. Disturbing tortoises in any way, such as picking it up, can cause it to release the contents of its bladder which could lead to dehydration and death.

• Removal, disturbance, or attempting to remove archaeological materials is a felony. Selling, receiving, purchasing, transporting, exchanging or offering to do so is prohibited by law.


• Camping is limited to 14 days. After 14 days, campers must relocate at least 25 miles from previous site.

• Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down materials. Cutting live vegetation is prohibited.


• Horses are permitted, however you may be required to carry feed.

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