Juniper Mesa is located in the southern Juniper Mountains on the northwest half of the Prescott National Forest. It is about 1 hour north of the city of Prescott. The views from the mesa top to the south are hard to beat. One can see all of Apache Creek Wilderness, and portions of Granite Mountain, Woodchute, and Sycamore Canyon Wilderness areas. This wilderness is characterized by its abrupt south facing limestone cliff bands making up Juniper Mesa on the southern end of the Juniper Mountains. This flat-topped mesa stands out in the surrounding landscape of granite. The cliff forming members of this face are the Tapeats sandstone and the Martin and Redwall limestones. This geologic feature is a remnant of the past extent of the Colorado Plateau. The mesa is broken by steep canyons that open onto rolling hills with elevations ranging from 7,050 feet down to 5,650 feet. Southern slopes are vegetated primarily with pinion pines and Utah junipers, northern slopes with ponderosa pines and alligator junipers. Although there are no perennial streams and springs are unreliable, (especially during long periods of dry weather) wildlife is relatively abundant, including black bears, elk, mule deer, bobcats, and Abert's squirrels. There are numerous trailheads with 15 miles of trails into the area, but human use is light. Equestrians and hunters are the most frequent visitors.
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 Juniper Mesa 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.
Arizona Wilderness Land Title Resolution Act of 1994 - Public law 103-365 (1/25/1994) To resolve the status of certain lands in Arizona that are subject to a claim as a grant of public lands for railroad purposes, and for other purposes.