Sierra Prieta

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Sierra Prieta
Thumb Butte.jpg
Thumb Butte, at Prescott's west side
Highest point
Peak Granite Mountain (Arizona) (Sierra Prieta-(NE, outlying mountain))
Elevation 7,626 ft (2,324 m)
Coordinates 34°38′26″N 112°34′35″W / 34.64056°N 112.57639°W / 34.64056; -112.57639
Dimensions
Length 16 mi (26 km) NW-SE
Geography
Sierra Prieta is located in Arizona
Sierra Prieta
Sierra Prieta in Arizona
Country United States
State Arizona
Region ((northwest)-Arizona transition
zone)
County Yavapai
Communities
Range coordinates 34°32′N 112°35′W / 34.54°N 112.59°W / 34.54; -112.59Coordinates: 34°32′N 112°35′W / 34.54°N 112.59°W / 34.54; -112.59
Borders on Skull Valley, AZ (& Valley)-W
Santa Maria Mountains-NW
Chino Valley, AZ & Valley-NNE
Williamson Valley-NE
Lonesome Valley-ENE
Prescott, Arizona-E
Bradshaw Mountains-SE-(attached)
Weaver Mountains-SW

The Sierra Prieta is a 14-mi (23 km), long[1] mountain range in central-northwest Arizona. The range is the mountainous region west of Prescott, with a notable Thumb Butte, 6,514 feet (1,985 m),[2] a volcanic plug, on the city's west perimeter.

The range is attached to the northwest of the Bradshaw Mountains, and Granite Mountain, a recreation site, as well as a rockclimbing location, is part of the range's northeast section, overlooking Williamson Valley, further northeast.

The Sierra Prieta range is adjacent the northwest perimeter of the Arizona transition zone, mostly known by its perimeter Mogollon Rim.

Description[edit]

Sierra Prieta is a mostly northwest by southeast section of mountains. The highest peak in the south is Mount Francis, 7,110 feet (2,167 m),[3] which borders the Bradshaw Mountains; Arizona State Route 89 traverses between the two mountain ranges.

The range highpoint is Granite Mountain, 7,626 feet (2,324 m), anchoring the range's N & NNE; it is separated from the central section by Little Granite Mountain, 7,082 feet (2,159 m) to the southwest, and by Tonto Mountain, 5,631 feet (1,716 m), which is due west. Two other peaks form the range's center, West Spruce Mountain, 7,160 feet (2,182 m), and Williams Peak, 7,055 feet (2,150 m).

Routes[edit]

Besides Arizona 89 going southwest from Prescott between the Bradshaw Mountains, County 10 rises to Iron Springs, (Iron Springs Pass) in the range's north. It is often used as a shorter route through the lower elevation Skull Valley, AZ during winter snowstorms.

Notable[edit]

The Sierra Prieta range is known in cowboy camps around the world as "The Sierry Petes" a colloquial and period pronunciation of the name made famous in the cowboy poem by the same name but more widely known as "Tyin' A Knot In The Devil's Tail" by Arizonan, Gail Gardner

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arizona Road & Recreation Atlas, Benchmark Maps, c. 1998, p. 74-75.
  2. ^ Arizona Road & Recreation Atlas, p. 74-75.
  3. ^ Arizona Road & Recreation Atlas, p. 74-75.

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