General Trip Planning Information
Paiute Wilderness is lcoated in a remote, rugged portion of Arizona where you will not likely encounter any other human being. Access is via maintained dirt roads which require high clearance vehicles (two spare tires recommended), which may be impassable during wet weather. Black Rock Mountain and the access from St. George, Utah is closed during the winter because of snow.
Excellent opportunities exist for primitive recreation including hiking, backpacking, exploring, photography, birding, wildlife viewing (mule deer, wild turkey, wild pigs), and primitive camping. Opportunities for solitude and natural quiet are outstanding in this area. Hiking trails to the top of Mt. Bangs and down Sullivan Canyon provide miles of rugged, difficult hiking and backpacking possibilities.
Climate and Special Equipment Needs
Elevation ranges from 2,000 feet asl to over 8,000 feet asl with corresponding climate and vegetation changes; from the hot, extreme Mojave Desert to ponderosa-pine covered mountain tops. Temperatures range from over 120 degrees to well below zero. Four wheel drive recommended, high clearance vehicle necessary.
Safety and Current Conditions
Bring plenty of water (minimum of 1 gallon/person/day) and food and be prepared for unexpected overnight stays. No services or facilities are available. Cell phone service is sporadic on higher elevation areas above local towns and Interstate 15. GPS devices used without local maps and information can provide misleading information. High clearance vehicle with two spare tires recommended. Be sure to tell someone where you are going because you will not likely see another human being in this wilderness.