Sculpted with steep slopes and granite outcroppings, the rugged and remote Dos Cabezas Mountains rise in elevation from 4,080 feet to 7,587 feet on Government Peak, in the southeast corner. Seasonal waterfalls tumble down boulder-strewn Government Peak, creating pools that invite a dip. Two other peaks rise above 7,000 feet. From the high elevations, you'll be rewarded with outstanding views of Sulphur Springs and San Simon Valleys and the faint outlines of numerous mountain ranges in the distance. Several springs attract an abundance of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, mule deer, mountain lions, golden eagles, and bald eagles. The endangered peregrine falcon migrates through the area. In Buckeye Canyon the beautiful collared lizard suns itself on desert-hot rocks. Mountain shrub, desert shrub, and riparian vegetation cover the Wilderness. Average annual temperatures range from 40.9 to 73.5 degrees Fahrenheit, reaching as high as 95 in mid-summer and dropping as low as 27 degrees in mid-winter. This area also receives 14.18 inches of rainfall and 8.6 inches of snowfall, annually. There is a total of 4 miles of trail in Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.