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Description - The North Maricopa Mountains are a jumble of long ridges and isolated peaks, separated by bajadas and washes. Vegetation includes saguaro, cholla, ocotillo and other Sonoran Desert plant species. Desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, coyotes, bobcat, fox, deer, Gambel's quail and raptors inhabit the wilderness.

Attractions - The wilderness provides outstanding opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation, including hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, camping, wildlife observation and photography. The Margie's Cove and Brittlebush Trails take you through the heart of the North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness.

Some lands around and within the wilderness are not federally administered. Please respect the property rights of the owners and do not cross over or use these lands without their permission.

Recreation - hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, camping, wildlife observation and photography.

Location - This 63,200-acre wilderness lies in southwestern Maricopa County, 12 miles east of Gila Bend and 20 miles southwest of Phoenix, Arizona.This wilderness area is a two-hour drive from metropolitan Phoenix. High-clearance and four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended because road conditions vary. Access to the wilderness from the south can be attained using dirt roads extending northward from State Route 238 (Maricopa Road). Four-wheel-drive is needed along parts of the route along the southern boundary. Access from the north can be gained via dirt roads extending south from Rainbow Valley Road and the gas pipeline maintenance road. A primitive dirt road parallels the eastern boundary.

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Contact Information:
North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness, Bureau of Land Management, 21605 N.7th Avenue , Phoenix, Arizona, 85027, Phone: 623) 580-5500

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North Maricopa Mountains Web Site - Official BLM web site


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