Hualapai Mountains Back Country Byway

Kingman, Arizona

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A 45-mile Type I, II, and III byway with paved, gravel, and four-wheel sections. It traverses the crest of the rugged Hualapai Mountains in west central Arizona between Kingman and Yucca. The byway travels through the Hualapai Mountains, the highest range in western Arizona. The road, climbing almost 5,000 feet above Kingman and the Sacramento Valley, passes through a wide variety of ecosystems. Along the byway’s lower elevations, particularly on its southern end in Boriana Canyon, the road traverses a mixture of Sonoran and Mojave Desert plants, including the northernmost stand of saguaro cacti. Atop the byway’s mountain crest at 7,000 feet, it passes through wind-ruffled ponderosa pine forests, broken by groves of fir and quaking aspen. Special Attractions: Hualapai Mountain Park, hiking, camping, picnicking, Wild Cow Springs Recreation Site, bird-watching, Wabayuma Wilderness Study Area, old mines, saguaro cacti. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Hualapai Mountains Back Country Byway Professional Review and Guide

"A 45-mile Type I, II, and III byway with paved, gravel, and four-wheel sections. It traverses the crest of the rugged Hualapai Mountains in west central Arizona between Kingman and Yucca. The byway travels through the Hualapai Mountains, the highest range in western Arizona. The road, climbing almost 5,000 feet above Kingman and the Sacramento Valley, passes through a wide variety of ecosystems.

Along the byway’s lower elevations, particularly on its southern end in Boriana Canyon, the road traverses a mixture of Sonoran and Mojave Desert plants, including the northernmost stand of saguaro cacti. Atop the byway’s mountain crest at 7,000 feet, it passes through wind-ruffled ponderosa pine forests, broken by groves of fir and quaking aspen. Special Attractions: Hualapai Mountain Park, hiking, camping, picnicking, Wild Cow Springs Recreation Site, bird-watching, Wabayuma Wilderness Study Area, old mines, saguaro cacti. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Kingman
Distance: 45
Season: Spring, summer, and fall; some sections accessible in winter
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Driving Directions: Directions to Hualapai Mountains Back Country Byway

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