U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Wabayuma Peak Wilderness Area|
Location and Description
The 40,000-acre Wabayuma Peak Wilderness is located in Mohave County, 20 miles southeast of Kingman, Arizona.
This wilderness is dominated by the 7,601-foot Wabayuma Peak. A series of massive ridges that extend from the peak in a semicircle to the north, south, and west, plunge nearly 5,000 feet to the desert floor below. This extensive elevation change accommodates a broad spectrum of ecosystems. The lower reaches of the wilderness contain a mixture of Sonoran and Mohave Desert vegetation. Upper elevations are covered with Arizona chaparral vegetation, and ponderosa pine forests can be found on the mountain summits.
The sheer size and scale of the rugged terrain guarantee a variety of challenging and interesting hikes, backpacking trips, horseback rides and nature study, and encourage extended overnight camping. Visitors can travel through desert shrub and ponderosa pine in one day and are afforded the opportunity for exceptional botanical and wildlife sightseeing within a relatively small geographic area.
A high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle is strongly recommended for all access routes described. (See Map) (pdf)
No legal access is possible to the north and northwest sides of the wilderness, because access roads cross private property at several points.
Water is generally available at springs indicated on topographic maps. Always purify any water found prior to use.
Summertime temperatures, even at the higher elevations, can be dangerous if you are not prepared. More moderate conditions are present between October and May, although snow can be present during winter months, which can make access to higher elevations difficult or impossible.
Some lands around and within 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.
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"The wilderness and the idea of wilderness is one of the permanent homes of the human spirit."