Swansea Wilderness Area

Location and Description

The 16,400-acre Swansea Wilderness is about 25 miles northeast of Parker, Arizona, in La Paz and Mohave counties.

The wilderness includes the eastern end of the Buckskin Mountains, the Black Mesa extension to the north, and six miles of the Bill Williams River. The northern portion is a series of eroded volcanic dikes and plugs with precipitous cliffs. The Buckskin Mountain portion is a more subtle and rounded topography with a complex drainage system leading to the river.

Recreation such as sightseeing, backpacking, day hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, and photography are enhanced by the varying topography and the riparian corridor along the Bill Williams River.

Swansea Historic Townsite


From Phoenix, travel west on Interstate 10 to the Vicksburg exit. Travel north to Vicksburg, then turn northwest on State Route 72 to proceed to Bouse. At Bouse take the Swansea Road north, through Midway to the Swansea ghost town. Roads near the wilderness include pipeline and power line maintenance roads on the northeast, east and south. High-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended for access to the wilderness boundary.

Nonfederal Lands

Some lands around and within 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: Castaneda Hills SW, Centennial Wash, Planet, Swansea
  • 1:100,000 BLM Surface Management:  Alamo Lake
  • Game and Fish Management Units 16A and 44A

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
E-mail: LHFOWEB_AZ@blm.gov
Field Manager: Jason West
Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F

"City life is the scary life, inane, tiny and alone. Learn wilderness and you don't fear anything."
Terry Russell, 1967