Hells Canyon Wilderness (Arizona)
|Hells Canyon Wilderness|
|Location||Yavapai / Maricopa counties, Arizona, USA|
|Nearest city||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Area||9,900 acres (40.1 km2)|
|Governing body||Bureau of Land Management|
Hells Canyon Wilderness is a 9,951-acre (4,027 ha) wilderness area in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Phoenix in Maricopa and southeast Yavapai counties.
Hells Canyon Wilderness is a portion of the Hieroglyphic Mountains. The most prominent peaks are Garfias Mountain at 3,381 feet (1,030.5 m) and Hellgate Mountain at 3,339 feet (1,017.7 m). Other peaks, most over 3,000 feet (910 m) in elevation, encircle Burro Flats, effectively isolating the flats from the surrounding countryside.
On Earth Day, 2008, The Wilderness Land Trust purchased a 640-acre (2.6 km2) inholding near the center of Hells Canyon Wilderness. The parcel included Hells Canyon itself and had belonged to a Phoenix area land developer. Once the Trust transfers the land to the federal government the entire wilderness area will be publicly owned.
Popular recreational activities in Hells Canyon Wilderness include rock climbing, hiking, wildlife watching, and camping.
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- List of Arizona Wilderness Areas
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- Wilderness Act
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