Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness Area
Wilderness Management Plan

Location and Description

The 11,700-acre Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness lies 20 miles east of Willcox and seven miles south of Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County.

The wilderness consists of the slopes of the Dos Cabezas Mountains, with elevations ranging from 4,080 feet to 7,500 feet. This range allows for a variety of plant and animal life as well as excellent recreation opportunities. Visitors will find a diverse terrain of steep mountain slopes, granite outcroppings and vegetated canyon floors. This rugged and remote environment provides a rich wilderness experience. The Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness provides outstanding opportunities for hiking, backpacking, camping, rock scrambling and sightseeing. Sightseeing from the higher mountains and ridges offer outstanding long distance views of Sulphur Springs and San Simon valleys and numerous mountain ranges.

Several developed and natural springs in the wilderness provide water for the abundant wildlife. White-tailed and mule deer, mountain lions, golden eagles, bald eagles and many other animals inhabit the Dos Cabezas Mountains. The beautiful and unusual collared lizard may be found in the upper portions of Buckeye Canyon. The peregrine falcon migrates through the area. The majority of the wilderness contains mountain shrub, desert shrub and riparian vegetation.


From Willcox, travel on Interstate 10 east to exit 362, Interstate 10 Business East at Bowie.  After 1.5 miles, turn right/south on S. Apache Pass Rd.  After 4.7 miles, right on Happy Camp Canyon Rd (unpaved) and follow to Indian Breads Recreation Site, the primary access for the Wilderness Area.

Non-Federal Lands

Some lands adjacent to the wilderness are not federally administered. Please respect the property rights of the owners and do not cross or use these lands without their permission.

Related Maps

  • 7.5-minute Topographic: Luzena, Bowie Mountain North and Dos Cabezas
  • 1:100,000 BLM Surface Management: Willcox
  • Game and Fish Management Unit 30A

For more information contact:

  Safford Field Office
711 14th Avenue
Safford, AZ 85546-3337
Phone: (928) 348-4400
Fax: (928) 348-4450
Field Manager:  Scott Cooke
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F

"The wild places are where we began, when they end, so do we."
David Brower