Whetstone Mountains

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Whetstone Mountains
Whetstone Mountains, AZ.jpg
Highest point
Peak Apache Peak
Elevation 7,711 ft (2,350 m)
Length 14 mi (23 km) N-S
Width 9 mi (14 km) E-W
Country United States
State Arizona
Region Northwestern Chihuahuan Desert
Range coordinates 31°49′N 110°25′W / 31.81°N 110.42°W / 31.81; -110.42Coordinates: 31°49′N 110°25′W / 31.81°N 110.42°W / 31.81; -110.42
Borders on San Pedro River & Valley-E
Mule Mountains-(small range)-SW
Huachuca Mountains-S

The Whetstone Mountains is a mountain range in southeastern Arizona.[1] Major ranges in the region are part of sky island ranges called the Madrean Sky Islands. Part of the Coronado National Forest, the range is one of the least accessible areas. At Iron Springs, within the Whetstones is where Wyatt Earp fought in a gunfight during the Earp Vendetta Ride, 1882.[2]

Five peaks dot the range, Apache Peak, 7711 ft; French Peak, 7675 ft; Granite Peak in the south, 7420 ft; in the northeast, Cottonwood Peak, 7100 ft, and East Peak, at 6681 ft.

Kartchner Caverns State Park is in the central-east of the range.

A view of the Whetstone Mountains, from Foothills Loop Trail. The trail departs from Kartchner Caverns State Park.


  1. ^ Bulletin - United States Geological Survey By Geological Survey (U.S.) Published by The Survey., 1909 Item notes: no. 380 Original from Harvard University
  2. ^ Maxa, Christine. Hiking Arizona (America's Best Day Hiking Series, 8000). Human Kinetics Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7360-4157-7.