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North Santa Teresa Wilderness Area

N Santa Teresa WildernessLocation and Description

The 5,800-acre North Santa Teresa Wilderness is located about 25 miles west of Safford, Arizona in Graham County.

The geologic landmark known as the Black Rock rises nearly 1,000 feet from its base while the remainder of this mile-long rhyolitic plug is encircled by cliffs of several hundred feet. To this day, the rock holds spiritual significance for local Native Americans as well as a mystique for visitors. Jackson Mountain rises to 5,890 feet southeast of the rock and is dissected by several canyons. The majority of this sister to the boulder-strewn Forest Service Santa Teresa Wilderness consists of desert and mountain shrub, grassland and riparian vegetation.


There is no legal access to the North Santa Teresa Wilderness. The San Carlos Apache Indian Tribe has closed access across reservation lands west of Fort Thomas along the Black Rock Wash Road. From Phoenix, take State Highway 60 to Globe, Arizona and continue along State Highway 70 through Fort Thomas to the Klondyke Road. West along the Klondyke Road, the wilderness can be approached from the south, but you will need to get permission in advance to cross State Trust Lands and private lands.

Nonfederal Lands

Obtain a recreation permit from the San Carlos Apache Indian Tribe before crossing any Reservation lands. You will also need permission from private landowners before you can cross their lands to reach the wilderness area.

Related Maps

  • 7.5-minute Topographic: Jackson Mountain
  • 1:100,000 BLM Surface Management:  Mammoth
  • Game and Fish Management Unit 31

For more information contact:

  Safford Field Office
711 14th Avenue
Safford, AZ 85546-3337
Phone: (928) 348-4400
Fax: (928) 348-4450
Field Manager:  Scott Cooke
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The wind will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
John Muir (1838-1917)