Swansea Wilderness

The Swansea Wilderness (16,400 acres) in Arizona, is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. In 1990, the Swansea Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System established by the Wilderness Act of 1964. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.

Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters Contact the agency for more information about regulations.

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.


Swansea Wilderness
Swansea Wilderness

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Lake Havasu Field Office
1785 Kiowa Ave.
Lake Havasu City

Geographic Coordinates

34.21607, -113.860401


Swansea can be accessed by vehicle from Parker or Bouse. The trip is about 25 miles either way and the graded gravel road gets a little rough for the last few miles. A high clearance vehicle is recommended, but four-wheel drive is not necessary.

From Bouse take the main road east through town. It bends north and turns to gravel just outside of town. Stay left at the first major "Y" about three miles from Bouse.

Cross the Central Arizona Project canal and about five miles beyond that come to another "Y" with a bulletin board. This is called Midway, as it was halfway from Bouse to Swansea on the railroad. Stay left at Midway and travel about 10 miles more until you reach a four way stop. Turn right (east) and follow this road into Swansea.

From Parker head south crossing the railroad tracks just outside of town. About a quarter mile further south is Shea Road on the left (east). Turn here and follow the paved road for about 13 miles turning south onto a dirt road marked by a county sign pointing to Swansea. Continue straight at the four way stop until you reach Swansea.