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East Cactus Plain Wilderness Area
Wilderness Management Plan

Location and Description

The 14,630-acre East Cactus Plain Wilderness is about 10 miles north of Bouse, Arizona in La Paz County.

The wilderness includes the eastern third of the Cactus Plain. It is dominated by an intricate crescent dune topography and dense dunescrub vegetation known only from this area in Arizona. The plant community is unique in its denseness and species diversity.

Recreational opportunities include horseback riding and backpacking trips, sightseeing, photography, and botanical and wildlife study.


From Phoenix, travel west along Interstate 10 to the Vicksburg exit. Drive north to Vicksburg, then northwest on State Route 72, proceeding to Bouse. At Bouse take the Swansea Road north. Roads near the wilderness include Swansea Road on the southeast and a power-line maintenance road on the northeast, which will take you within walking distance of the wilderness boundary.

Nonfederal Lands

All lands within and around the wilderness are federally administered.

Related Maps

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  • 1:100,000 BLM Surface Management:  Alamo Lake
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For more information contact:

  Lake Havasu Field Office 
2610 Sweetwater Avenue
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406-9071
Phone: (928) 505-1200
Fax: (928) 505-1208
Field Manager: Jason West
Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F

"No servant brought them meals . . . No traffic cop whistled them off the hidden rock in the next rapids. No friendly roof kept them dry when they misguessed whether or not to pitch a tent. No guide showed them which camping spots offered a nightlong breeze and which a nightlong misery of mosquitoes; which firewood made clear coals and which would only smoke. The elemental simplicities of wilderness travel were thrills . . . because they represented complete freedom to make mistakes. The wilderness gave . . . those rewards and penalties for wise and foolish acts . . . against which civilization has built a thousand buffers."
Aldo Leopold (1887-1948)