Northeast of Hummingbird Springs, which sits near the middle of this wilderness, Sugarloaf Mountain climbs steeply from the Tonopah Desert (1,550 feet) to 3,418 feet and lends this area remarkable scenic value. Over eight miles of the Big Horn Mountains are included in this wilderness. Here you'll find hills and washes and bajadas abounding with saguaro, ocotillo, cholla, paloverde, and mesquite, habitat for desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, and desert tortoise. Kit foxes and Gila monsters race along the ground while Cooper's hawks, prairie falcons, and golden eagles rule the skies.
Hummingbird Springs Wilderness receives approximately 6 inches of rainfall each year and average annual temperatures range from 35 degrees Fahrenheit in winter to 105 degrees in summer. Without maintained trails, the area can be backpacked easily, and primitive campsites abound. The water from Hummingbird Springs runs into a catchment accessible via a non-wilderness jeep trail slicing into the area from the southern boundary. This non-wilderness jeep trail is all that separates Hummingbird Springs Wilderness from Big Horn Mountains Wilderness to the south.
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 Hummingbird Springs 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.