Kachina Peaks Wilderness

Located in the Coconino National Forest in Arizona.

Located just north of Flagstaff, the Kachina Peaks Wilderness is part of a large, heavily vegetated composite volcano 7,400 to 12,643 feet high including Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona. The "Peaks" exhibit a rich diversity of past geologic events such as lava flows, violent volcanic explosions, glaciation, erosion, and frost action.

The only Arctic-Alpine vegetation in the state is found on the Peaks in a fragile 2-square-mile zone and contains a threatened plant: Senecio Franciscanus. Visitors must stay on designated trails and there is no camping allowed above timberline.

The Peaks are outstanding examples of past volcanic activity and preserve the best example of Ice Age glaciation in Arizona in lateral and medial moraines and former stream beds.

Recreational opportunities include day hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter camping, snow and ice climbing, small and big game hunting, and natural history appreciation.

The Peaks are sacred to several western Indian tribes including the Zuni, Havasupai, Hopi and Navajo. A number of religious shrines have been documented. These shrines have historic and religious value and are currently used. Please respect their religious rights while visiting this wilderness and do not disturb any features.

For further information contact: Peaks Ranger District - Coconino National Forest

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 24 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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