Black Hills (Yavapai County)

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Black Hills (Yavapai County)
Mingus Mountain
Mingus Mountain.jpg
View looking up the escarpment, (from western Verde Valley)
Highest point
PeakWoodchute Mountain
Elevation7,844 ft (2,391 m)
Coordinates34°44′59″N 112°10′31″W / 34.74972°N 112.17528°W / 34.74972; -112.17528
Length45 mi (72 km) NW-SE
Width15 mi (24 km)
Black Hills (Yavapai County) is located in Arizona
Black Hills (Yavapai County)
Black Hills in Arizona
CountryUnited States
RegionArizona transition zone
(north-central to Sonoran Desert)
RiverVerde River
SettlementsClarkdale, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cherry (ghost town), Jerome and Cornville
Range coordinates34°44′59″N 112°10′31″W / 34.74972°N 112.17528°W / 34.74972; -112.17528Coordinates: 34°44′59″N 112°10′31″W / 34.74972°N 112.17528°W / 34.74972; -112.17528
Borders onVerde River, Verde Valley, Lonesome Valley, Mazatzal Mountains and Bradshaw Mountains

The Black Hills of Yavapai County (in Yavapai: Waulkayauayau - "pine tableland") are a large mountain range of central Arizona in southeast Yavapai County. It is bordered by the Verde Valley to the east. The northwest section of the range is bisected from the southeast section by Interstate 17, which is the main route connecting Phoenix to Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, and Flagstaff. This bisection point is the approximate center of the mostly northwest by southeast trending range. The northwest section contains a steep escarpment on the northeast with the Verde Valley, the escarpment being the location of the fault-block that created the historic mining district at Jerome.[1] The United Verde Mine was one of the largest copper mines in the United States, producing large quantities of copper, gold, silver and zinc.[2]

The range is also the first major fault-blocked range west of the Mogollon Rim on the southwest margin of the Colorado Plateau in Arizona. They are bordered to the east by the Verde Fault zone, and to the west by the Coyote Fault zone. The range is at the northwest-center of the Arizona transition zone which extends diagonally across central Arizona.[1]


The highest point of the Black Hills (Arizona) is Woodchute Mountain at 7,844 feet (2,391 m).[3][4] Mingus Mountain lies 4.0 miles (6.4 km) south of Woodchute Mountain with historic Cherry 8.7 miles (14.0 km) further to the southeast.

Three wilderness areas are located in the range, the Woodchute Wilderness in the northwest,[5] and the Cedar Bench,[6] and Pine Mountain Wildernesses in the southeast.[7]


  1. ^ a b Lyman C. Huff; Elmer S. Santos; R. G. Raabe (1966). Mineral Resources of the Sycamore Canyon Primitive Area, Arizona. U.S. Government Printing Office. pp. 10–12.
  2. ^ "United Verde mine" (PDF). 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Black Hills (Yavapai County)
  4. ^ Hickey Mountain, Arizona and Munds Draw, Arizona, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangles, USGS, 1971 and 1973
  5. ^ "Woodchute Wilderness". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  6. ^ Cedar Bench Wilderness - Wilderness Connect
  7. ^ Pine Mountain Wilderness - Wilderness Connect

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