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Wabayuma Peak Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Wabayuma Peak Wilderness (map) in 1990 and it now has a total of 38,944 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Arizona and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


Located in the Hualapai Mountains, 7,601-foot Wabayuma Peak towers over this Wilderness of massive ridges. Extending out from the peak in a semicircle to the north, south, and west, the ridges plunge almost 5,000 feet in five miles to the desert below. Rocky outcroppings, spires, and crags dominate the canyons between the ridges, and Sonoran and Mojave vegetation dot the desert. Here you'll find the northernmost stands of saguaro cactus. Above the desert, chaparral and piƱon-juniper woodlands thrive, as do ponderosa pine and Gambel oak above 7,000 feet. Many wildflowers bloom in this area through the summer, and springs provide water.

This is fine country for extended backpacking or horsepacking trips. Summer temperatures have been known to be bearable, even pleasant at times, allowing year-round Wilderness visitation. More moderate conditions are present between October and May. Snow can be present during winter months, which can make access to higher elevations difficult or impossible.

Planning to Visit the Wabayuma Peak Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Wabayuma Peak Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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