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General Information

Description - Nine miles of the jumbled Big Horn Mountains ridgeline cross the wilderness. The central mountainous core is surrounded by smaller hills, fissures, chimneys, narrow canyons, and desert plains.The Hummingbird Spring Wilderness, northeast of this area, is separated from the Big Horn Wilderness by a jeep trail.

Attractions - This wilderness contains many desert species, such as the desert bighorn sheep, Gila monster, kit fox and desert tortoise. Golden eagles, prairie falcons, barn owls and great horned owls nest in the cliffs.

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.

Recreation - This wilderness offers many recreation opportunities such as hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, photography and nature study. Rugged ridges challenge expert climbers, while side canyons and plains offer easier hiking.

Location - This 21,000-acre wilderness lies 60 miles west of Phoenix in western Maricopa County.This wilderness area is a two-hour drive from Phoenix. Access to the wilderness can be gained by exiting Interstate 10 at the Tonopah or Salome Road exits. Unmaintained dirt roads extend to the wilderness area's eastern, northern and western boundaries. Because road conditions vary and some routes are primitive, high-clearance and four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended.


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Contact Information:
Big Horn Mountains Wilderness, Bureau of Land Management, 21605 N. 7th Avenue , Phoenix, AZ, 85027-2099, Phone: (623) 580-5500

Additional Information:
Phoenix BLM Field Office -

Links:
Big Horn Wilderness Area web site - Official BLM web site

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