Rugged terrain, diverse plant and animal communities, old west history and plenty of solitude are available for lovers of wilderness in the Galiuros. These rugged block fault mountains rise over 3,700 feet above the semi-desert savannas of the Sulphur Springs and San Pedro Valleys in southeastern Arizona. The 76,317-acre Galiuro Wilderness encompasses the mid to upper slopes of the mountains as they rise from golden grasslands, through dense thickets of evergreen oak, to stands of ponderosa pine. Douglas-fir and bigtooth maple inhabit cooler sheltered areas and a stand of aspen cloaks the northern slope of 7,671-foot Bassett Peak, the highest in the range. Two major canyons, Rattlesnake and Redfield, and twin ridges running northeast to southwest form the dominant geologic features of the area. A trail runs along each of these ridges providing access to a variety of connecting trails and spurs. The Galiuros are rich in both natural and cultural history. Wolves roamed these mountains until the mid-1950’s. And black bear and mountain lion are still plentiful today. At Power Cabin, deep within the mountain range, one of the most famous of old west shoot-outs took place in 1918.
At a Glance
Motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness.
35 miles northwest of Willcox, 45 miles northeast of Tucson, and 30 miles southwest of Safford. (Straight line distances, not road mileages.)
Water is available year-round at a limited number of springs and streams only. Purification of water
Safford Ranger District
Safford Ranger District
Directions: Major access points are at Deer Creek Trailhead at the end of FR 253, by way of the Powers Garden Trail #96 off the Aravaipa Road and at the Redfield Canyon Trailhead at the end of FR 691. Trails in Wilderness: Major trails include Powers Garden #96, East Divide #287, West Divide #289, Tortilla #254, Sycamore #278, Corral Canyon #291, Rattlesnake #285, High Creek # 290.
Excellent opportunities for solitude. Mountains, cliffs and canyons. Open savannas, oak woodlands, pine forests. Diverse wildlife, rich history. Please abide by Wilderness rules and observe NO TRACE! ethics. Trails here can be somewhat hard to follow because they are maintained infrequently. Bring a map and compass and know how to use them. USGS Quads: Bassett Peak, Cherry Spring, Harrison Canyon, Kennedy Peak, Rhodes Peak, Winchester Mts, Kielberg Canyon.