Cactus Plain Wilderness Study Area

15 miles southeast of Parker

Location and Description

The 59,100-acre Cactus Plain Wilderness Study Area is 15 miles southeast of Parker, and three miles north of Bouse, Arizona in La Paz County.

The Wilderness Study Area embraces the western two-thirds of the Cactus Plain, an immense open area of stabilized and semi-stabilized sand dunes, unique in western Arizona. Dunes vary in type and color from west to east.

Recreation such as backpacking, day hiking, sightseeing, horseback riding, and botanical and wildlife study are enhanced by varying dune topography, colors, and vegetation.


From Phoenix, drive west on Interstate 10 to the Vicksburg exit. Travel north to Vicksburg, then turn northwest on State Route 72 and proceed to Bouse. At Bouse take the Swansea Road north. Roads near the area include the Swansea Road on the southeast and State Route 72 on the south, which both take you within walking distance of the study area boundary.

Nonfederal Lands

All the lands within the Wilderness Study Area are federally administered; however, some lands around the area are not. Please respect the property rights of the owners and do not cross or use these lands without their permission.

Topographic Maps

7.5 minute: Black Peak, Bobs Well, Bouse, Bouse NW, Bouse Hills West, Cross Roads, Powerline Well

Game and Fish Management Unit 44A

For more information contact:

Bureau of Land Management
Lake Havasu Field Office
2610 Sweetwater Avenue
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406-9071
(928) 505-1200

Information from
U.S. Bureau of Land Management,
Office of Public Affairs


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