Black Mountains (Arizona)

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Black Mountains (Arizona)
Needles California from southwest 1.jpg
Black Mountains, N-to-S
view from Needles, CA east-northeast
(overlooking Mohave Valley and Colorado River)
(large block at right-(south)-Black Mesa (Black Mountains)
Highest point
Peak Mount Perkins
Elevation 5,456 ft (1,663 m)
Coordinates 35°34′12″N 114°30′31″W / 35.56999°N 114.50858°W / 35.56999; -114.50858Coordinates: 35°34′12″N 114°30′31″W / 35.56999°N 114.50858°W / 35.56999; -114.50858
Dimensions
Length 75 mi (121 km) N-S
Width 13 mi (21 km) (variable)
Geography
Black Mountains (Arizona) is located in Arizona
Black Mountains (Arizona)
Black Mountains (Arizona)
in Arizona
Country United States
State Arizona
Region Mojave Desert
District Mohave County, AZ
Settlement Oatman, AZ-(south)–Kingman, AZ
(Needles, CA)
Borders on Lake Mead-NW–Colorado River-W
Detrital Valley-NE
White Hills–Hualapai Valley-NE
Cerbat Mountains-E
Sacramento Valley & Hualapai Mtns-SE
Interstate 40 in Arizona-SE & S

The Black Mountains of northwest Arizona are an extensive, mostly linear, north-south 75-mile (121 km) long mountain range. It forms the north-south border of southwest Mohave County as it borders the eastern shore of the south-flowing Colorado River from Hoover Dam.

The northwest, and parts of the west of the range are located in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Three wilderness areas are in the range, and the historic mining site of Oatman, Arizona, 4 mi adjacent and north of Boundary Cone, is nestled in the range's south between the Mount Nutt and Warm Springs Wildernesses.

Description[edit]

The mountain range is generally 10-15 mi wide, narrower in the north, and west of the Detrital Valley northeast. The southern end of the range with the two wilderness areas is a larger block and the Warm Springs Wilderness is made of a mountain section called Black Mesa (western Arizona), separated from the north section by Sitgreaves Pass, on the route to Oatman, AZ.

The high point of the range is Mount Perkins at 5,456 feet (1,663 m),[1] located west of the water divide of the Detrital Valley northeast, and the Sacramento Valley (Arizona) southeast. The Cerbat Mountains border eastwards. Mount Perkins, in the center-north of the range, is located at 35°34′12″N 114°30′31″W / 35.56999°N 114.50858°W / 35.56999; -114.50858 (Mount Perkins).[2]

Watersheds[edit]

The Black Mountains are in four watersheds. The north and northeast contain the Lake Mead Watershed, and the north-flowing Detrital Wash Watershed.[3] The west along the Colorado River and southern-west contains the Havasu-Mohave Lakes Watershed where the Sacramento Wash Watershed[4] flows into the southern Topock Marsh, at the southern third of the Havasu-Mohave Lakes region.

Regional area of the Black Mountains[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mount Perkins, Arizona Road & Recreation Atlas, c 1998, p. 32-33.
  2. ^ Mount Perkins, mountainzone
  3. ^ Detrital Wash Watershed
  4. ^ Sacramento Wash Watershed

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