Galiuro Wilderness Trails

Willcox, Arizona

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Originally set aside by congress as 52,717 acres in 1932 and enlarged to 76,317 acres by the Arizona Wilderness Act of 1984, the Galiuro Wilderness is remote, rough, and one of the least-visited backcountry regions in southeastern Arizona. Solitude awaits those who venture across miles of gravel roads to explore its rugged canyons. Although quite low when compared to some neighboring mountain ranges, the Galiuros support a surprising diversity of plant life. Grasslands, scrub oak, and piñon-juniper dominate its lower slopes. Ponderosa pine covers higher elevations, and Douglas fir, alligator juniper, cottonwood, Arizona walnut, sycamore, and bigtooth maple grow in its cool, deep canyons. A few aspens grow in canyon bottoms, and a small grove of these trees clings to the north side of 7,663-foot Bassett Peak, the wilderness area’s high point.

Galiuro Wilderness Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Originally set aside by congress as 52,717 acres in 1932 and enlarged to 76,317 acres by the Arizona Wilderness Act of 1984, the Galiuro Wilderness is remote, rough, and one of the least-visited backcountry regions in southeastern Arizona. Solitude awaits those who venture across miles of gravel roads to explore its rugged canyons.

Although quite low when compared to some neighboring mountain ranges, the Galiuros support a surprising diversity of plant life. Grasslands, scrub oak, and piñon-juniper dominate its lower slopes. Ponderosa pine covers higher elevations, and Douglas fir, alligator juniper, cottonwood, Arizona walnut, sycamore, and bigtooth maple grow in its cool, deep canyons. A few aspens grow in canyon bottoms, and a small grove of these trees clings to the north side of 7,663-foot Bassett Peak, the wilderness area’s high point."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Willcox
Distance: 75
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,663 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest, Safford Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Bassett Peak, Cherry Spring, Harrison Canyon, Kennedy Peak, Rhodes Peak, Winchester Mountains, Kielberg Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Galiuro Wilderness Trails

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May 2018