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White Canyon Wilderness Area

Location and Description

White CanyonThe 5,800-acre White Canyon Wilderness is approximately 45 miles southeast of Mesa and about seven miles south of Superior, Arizona in Pinal County.

The wilderness includes the southeast portion of the Mineral Mountains. The two major topographical features are White Canyon with its numerous side canyons and the Rincon, a large escarpment which towers above the valley floor. A perennial stream and a variety of vegetation types from saguaros to chaparral are found throughout the area.

Recreation opportunities such as hiking, rock climbing, and photography are enhanced by the diverse topography, scenic character and the botanical, wildlife, and cultural resources of the area.


From Phoenix, travel east to the Florence Junction. Take Highway 60 east to Superior, then travel south on State Route 177. From Tucson, travel north on the Oracle Highway (Highway 89) to Oracle Junction, then northeast on State Route 77 to Winkelman, then north on State Route 177 toward Superior. From State Route 177 at about 1/2 mile south of mile post 159, turn west onto a dirt road (Battle Ax Road) toward Walnut Canyon and White Canyon. High-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. At Walnut Canyon, the road has been damaged by periodic flooding. Proceed with caution.

Nonfederal Lands

Some 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: Teapot Mountain, Mineral Mountain
  • 1:100,000 BLM Surface Management:  Mesa
  • Game and Fish Management Unit 37B

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

"In wildness is the preservation of the world."
Henry David Thoreau