Cottonwood Point Wilderness Area
Wilderness Management Plan

Location and Description

This 6,860-acre wilderness is just east of Colorado City, Arizona, in Mohave County. Cottonwood Point Wilderness is contiguous to the 44,531 acre Canaan Mountain Wilderness in Utah.

The wilderness contains 400-foot-high, multicolored Navajo sandstone cliffs, small wooded canyons, and craggy pinnacles. The wilderness has no maintained trails and due to the surrounding cliffs is a bit difficult for even hiking access.  Pinyon and juniper woodlands cover much of the wilderness in association with sagebrush. Willow and cottonwood are found in the wetter canyons. Mule deer, coyote, bobcat, mountain lion use the area.

Recreation opportunities in the wilderness include day hiking, photography, watching wildlife and sightseeing.


Major access to the wilderness is Arizona State Road 389, which passes close to the western boundary. Mohave County Road 237 passes along the southern and eastern fringe of the wilderness.

Nonfederal Lands

Many lands surrounding 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: Colorado City, Moccasin
  • Also, Arizona Strip District Visitor Map
  • 1:100,000 BLM Surface Management:  Fredonia
  • Game and Fish Management Unit 13A

For more information contact: 

  Arizona Strip Field Office 
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790-6714
Phone: (435) 688-3200
Fax: (435) 688-3258
Field Manager:  Lorraine Christian 
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday

"Wilderness is an idea as much as a place, with modern man learning to pass the shadow of a cloud across what he did not make and cannot improve."
Gilbert M. Grosvernor (1875-1966)