Located in the Hualapai Mountains, 7,601-foot Wabayuma Peak towers over this Wilderness of massive ridges. Extending out from the peak in a semicircle to the north, south, and west, the ridges plunge almost 5,000 feet in five miles to the desert below. Rocky outcroppings, spires, and crags dominate the canyons between the ridges, and Sonoran and Mojave vegetation dot the desert. Here you'll find the northernmost stands of saguaro cactus. Above the desert, chaparral and piñon-juniper woodlands thrive, as do ponderosa pine and Gambel oak above 7,000 feet. Many wildflowers bloom in this area through the summer, and springs provide water.
This is fine country for extended backpacking or horsepacking trips. Summer temperatures have been known to be bearable, even pleasant at times, allowing year-round Wilderness visitation. More moderate conditions are present between October and May. Snow can be present during winter months, which can make access to higher elevations difficult or impossible.
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 Wabayuma Peak Wilderness.
The Wabayuma Peak Wilderness is located in Mohave County, 20 miles southeast of Kingman, Arizona.
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.
Plan ahead, always check weather conditions prior to your trip. Summer time temperatures often exceed 100° F. Water is generally available at springs indicated on topographic maps. Always purify any water found prior to use.
Recreational opportunities in this area include hunting/trapping, hiking, dispersed camping, and equestrian use. Group size limits of 10 people and six pack animals are encouraged.
Climate and Special Equipment Needs
Summertime temperatures, even at the higher elevations, can be dangerous if you are not prepared. More moderate conditions are present between October and May, although snow can be present during winter months, which can make access to higher elevations difficult or impossible.
Want to Volunteer for Wilderness?
Citizens who volunteer their time to steward our wilderness areas are an essential part of wilderness management. Contact the following groups to inquire about volunteer opportunities.