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North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness

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General Trip Planning Information

The nearest towns with fuel, restaurants, and lodging are Buckeye, Gila Bend, and Maricopa. Access to the North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness is by primitive, unmarked roads.

Recreational Opportunities

The 11-mile Margies Cove Trail and 6-mile Brittlebush Trail traverse the wilderness; however, motorized access currently is not available to the Margies Cove East Trailhead and the Brittlebush Trailhead. Vehicle access is available for the Margies Cove West Trailhead from State Highway 85.

There is a small, four site campground at the Margies Cove West Trailhead with a vault toilet; however, water and septic disposal are not provided.

Climate and Special Equipment Needs

Summer high temperatures may exceed 120 degrees Farenheit. Visitation to the wilderness primarily occurs during the cool season from October through April.

Safety and Current Conditions

An area of public lands adjacent to the eastern and southern boundaries of the North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness has been temporarily closed to motor vehicles due to resource damage that has occurred from off-road use of vehicles.

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