Part of the huge San Francisco volcanic field, Strawberry Crater is one of its roughly 600 craters and cones, all 50,000 to 100,000 years old. The crater once sent lava flowing across the northwestern corner of this Wilderness, and low cinder cones dominate the southern end. Here are gently rolling hills covered in pinion and juniper, cinder-strewn terrain ranging in elevation from 5,500 feet to 6,000 feet. From the tops of many of the cinder cones you can see the Painted Desert, Hopi Buttes, and mesas of the valley of the Little Colorado River. Game animals and smaller mammals may be seen throughout the area. At dawn and dusk the area's fascinating geology and twisted junipers offer excellent subjects for photographers. Solitude awaits amid limitless horizons. The region has an eerie sense of timelessness. In summer, temperatures soar; pack in plenty of water.
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 Strawberry Crater 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.