Black Hills (Yavapai County)

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For the other mountain range in Arizona, see Black Hills (Greenlee County). For other uses, see Black Hills (disambiguation).
Black Hills (Yavapai County)
Mingus Mountain
Mingus Mountain.jpg
View looking up the escarpment, (from western Verde Valley)
Highest point
Peak Woodchute Mountain
Elevation 7,840 ft (2,390 m)
Coordinates 34°44′59″N 112°10′31″W / 34.74972°N 112.17528°W / 34.74972; -112.17528
Length 45 mi (72 km) NW-SE
Width 15 mi (24 km)
Black Hills (Yavapai County)Mingus Mountain is located in Arizona
Black Hills (Yavapai County)Mingus Mountain
Black Hills (Yavapai County)
Mingus Mountain
Black Hills (Yavapai County)
in Arizona
Country United States
State Arizona
Region Arizona transition zone
(north-central to Sonoran Desert)
District Yavapai County, Arizona
Settlement ClarkdaleCottonwood
Camp Verde
Range coordinates 34°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 on Verde River & Valley - NE
Lonesome Valley - NW
Mazatzal Mountains - SE
Bradshaw Mountains - SW

The Black Hills of Yavapai County 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.

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. The range is at the northwest-center of the Arizona transition zone which extends diagonally across central Arizona.


The highest point of the Black Hills (Arizona) is Mingus Mountain at 7,815 feet (2,382 m).[1][2] 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, and the Cedar Bench and Pine Mountain Wildernesses in the southeast.


  1. ^ Mingus Mountain, (highest closed contour)
  2. ^ Hickey Mountain, Arizona and Munds Draw, Arizona, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangles, USGS, 1971 and 1973

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