Fortification Range Wilderness Area
The Fortifcation Range is a mountain range composed largely of volcanic materials. Most of the range is comprised of gentle ridges, however, the south end, where the wilderness area lies, becomes very rugged and steep with elevations over 8,000 feet. Spectacular rock formations and cliffs create a wall of difficult if not impossible passage, for which the range was named. A huge natural amphitheater at the head of the Cottonwood Canyon drainage showcases this grand fortress. Scattered ponderosa pine, pinyon pine, juniper, aspen, and cottonwood are found in the northern portion of the area while the southern portion of the unit is densely forested by pinyon pine and juniper. Wildlife within the wilderness includes mule deer, elk, antelope, mountain lions, and raptors.