Gibraltar Mountain Wilderness

Location and Description

The 18,790-acre Gibraltar Mountain Wilderness is about 10 miles northeast of Parker, Arizona, in La Paz County.

The wilderness includes the western end of the Buckskin Mountains. The area from Giers Mountain in the north to Gibraltar Mountain in the south consists of rugged volcanic rock dissected by deep, sandy washes and rocky canyons. The eroded volcanic tuff beds contain many alcoves and caves.

The area presents an interesting challenge for hiking and horseback riding. Varied topography, steep canyon walls, and colorful strata make the area attractive for rock climbing, day hiking, sightseeing, and photography.


From Phoenix, travel west on Interstate 10 to the Quartzite exit. Proceed north on Arizona State Route 95 toward Parker, Arizona, to State Route 72. Turn west on 72 towards Parker. Two miles south of Parker turn east onto Shea Road and follow this paved road for 5 miles. Roads near the wilderness include a powerline road on the northeast, Cienega Springs road on the west, and a mining road on the south. High clearance or four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for access to the wilderness boundary.

Nonfederal Lands

All lands within and around the wilderness are federally administered.

Topographic Maps

7.5-minute: Black Peak, Bobs Well, Cross Roads, Monkeys Head, Osborne 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
(928) 505-1200

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


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