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Coyote Mountains Wilderness Area

Wilderness Management Plan

Coyote Mountains Wilderness AreaLocation and Description

The 5,080-acre Coyote Mountains Wilderness is located 40 miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona in Pima County.

The wilderness includes the Coyote Mountains with their rugged peaks, massive rounded bluffs, sheer cliff faces, and large open canyons. The vegetation includes paloverde, saguaro, chaparral, and oak woodlands.

Recreation opportunities such as day hikes, climbing, sightseeing, and photography are enhanced by the diverse topography, scenic character, and the botanical, wildlife, and cultural values of the area. The area offers many challenges to the wilderness recreationist.


From Tucson, take Highway 86 west toward the Kitt Peak Observatory then south on Highway 289 for approximately 8 miles. The Coyote Mountains lie four miles east of Kitt Peak. Currently there is no legal access to the Coyote Mountains Wilderness. Permission to park and access to the wilderness boundary must be obtained from the private landholder or the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation.

Nonfederal Lands

Lands around 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: Kitt Peak, Palo Alto Ranch, Pan Tak, San Pedro
  • 1:100,000 BLM Surface Management: Sells, Silver Bell Mountains
  • Game and Fish Management Unit 36C

For more information contact:

  Tucson Field Office
3201 E. Universal Way
Tucson, AZ 85756
Phone: (520) 258-7200
Fax: (520) 258-7238
Field Manager:   Melissa Warren
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., M-F

"The more we become separated from that pristine wildness and beauty, the more pleasure does the mind of enlightened man feel in recurring to those scenes."
George Catlin, 1913