Dominating this immense, pristine desert landscape near the California border is Black Mesa, 10 miles long and 1,000 feet above the surrounding desert, with edges dissected into a maze of winding canyons. Remnants of ancient mesas and isolated hills jut upwards like islands in the sea of vast encircling desert plain. After wet winters, spring brings a profusion of blooms on ocotillos, cacti, and flowering shrubs and annuals. The summer climate in this wilderness unit is harsh. Daytime temperatures during the summer months are over 100 degrees. Temperatures are more moderate between October 1 and April 30th.
A historic old trail from Baker Spring and numerous feral burro and bighorn sheep tracks provide access to the Wilderness, though no formal hiking trails exist in this unit. Warm Springs and other water sources allow for an extended (if carefully planned) backpacking or horsepacking trip. Map and compass skills are a necessity.
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 Warm Springs Wilderness.
The Warm Springs Wilderness is located in Mohave County, 30 miles southwest of Kingman, Arizona and 30 miles north of Lake Havasu City, 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. The summer climate in this wilderness unit is harsh.
The area provides excellent opportunities for recreation such as camping, hiking, hunting, backpacking, picnicking, horseback riding, wildlife observation, and photography. Group size limits of 10 people and six pack animals are encouraged. Water is relatively scarce in this part of the Black Mountains. Springs shown on topographic maps can generally be relied upon for drinking water. Following rainy weather, pothole water is available, but can dry up quickly. Purification of all water is a necessity.
Climate and Special Equipment Needs
Daytime temperatures during the summer months are over 100 degrees. Temperatures are more moderate between October 1 and April 30th.
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.