Munds Mountain Wilderness

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Munds Mountain Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Munds Mountain Wilderness
Map showing the location of Munds Mountain Wilderness
Location Coconino and Yavapai counties, United States
Nearest city Sedona
Coordinates 34°49′N 111°43′W / 34.817°N 111.717°W / 34.817; -111.717Coordinates: 34°49′N 111°43′W / 34.817°N 111.717°W / 34.817; -111.717
Area 18,150 acres (7,350 ha)
Established 1984
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

Munds Mountain Wilderness is an 18,150-acre (7,345 ha) wilderness area in the Coconino National Forest in the U.S. state of Arizona.[1] It is immediately southeast of Sedona between Arizona State Route 179 and Interstate 17.[2] The wilderness lies within the Munds Mountain and Sedona quadrangles of the national topographic map of the United States Geological Survey.[3]

Several trails meander through the wilderness, including the Jacks Canyon and Hot Loop trails leading from Oak Creek Canyon to high overlooks.[1] The 10.4-mile (16.7 km) Hot Loop Trail runs generally north–south over Horse Mesa. Landmarks visible from vantage points along this trail include Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, Sycamore Pass, and Woods Canyon.[4] Jacks Canyon Trail also meanders generally north–south, with significant east–west segments, for 6.5 miles (10.5 km) through the wilderness near Sedona and Oak Creek. It connects with the steep Munds Mountain Trail,[5] from which the major Sedona-area rock formations and other landmarks in the region are visible.[6]

Depending on the elevation, flora and fauna in this wilderness include desert cottontails, black-tailed jackrabbits, Gambel's Quail, desert sagebrush, oaks, pinyon pines, junipers, Arizona cypress, catclaw acacia, false palo verde, and banana yucca, among others.[6][7]

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  1. ^ a b "Munds Mountain Wilderness". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Munds Mountain Wilderness Map". Wilderness.net. University of Montana. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Munds Mountain Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 1, 1991. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hot Loop Trail #94". National Forest Service. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Munds Mountain Trail #77". U.S. National Forest Service. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Jacks Canyon Trail #55". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Munds Mountain Wilderness". University of Montana. Retrieved April 23, 2013.