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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Surrounding topography and forecast knowledge recommended yet does not eliminate risk.
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Difficulty 3    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 18 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,372 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Accumulated Gain 600 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 21
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
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8.4  Burro Creek Campground Trails
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A rarely hiked perennial stream
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BLM Division Reports The 27,440-acre Upper Burro Creek Wilderness is located in Yavapai and Mohave counties, 60 miles west of Prescott, Arizona and 60 miles southeast of Kingman, Arizona. The small mining town of Bagdad is located 10 miles southeast of the wilderness.

This wilderness lies along the upper reaches of Burro Creek, a perennial stream and one of the few streams in Arizona to flow relatively undisturbed into the lower desert. Nine miles of Burro Creek lie within the wilderness. In this area, Burro Creek passes through incised bedrock where it runs deep, creating clear blue pools connected by small waterfalls. In other areas, the creek has backed up into long, marshy pools ringed with young trees and other water-loving vegetation.

Away from the stream corridor, the wilderness preserves an expanse of basalt mesas and the desert grassland found on their rolling upland surfaces. Negro Ed, a huge and colorful butte rising far above its surroundings, is also part of the wilderness.

Upper Burro Creek Wilderness offers outstanding recreation opportunities for hiking, backpacking, camping, sightseeing, hunting, rock collecting, and horseback riding. Swimming, birdwatching, and photography are special attractions all along the stream corridor.

Upper Burro Creek Access: Proceed to the town of Bagdad, AZ, and turn right on Lindahl Road. Follow the road to the junction with the Phelps Dodge Mine Access Road (about 3 miles) and turn right. Drive about 12.5 miles, following the signs to Camp Wood. Upon approaching a remote ranch headquarters, proceed west through the yard (Be respectful: drive slowly, leave gates as you find them, and don’t drive through when ground is muddy...the ranch owner currently allows people to cross private property without stopping for permission) and follow jeep trails for 14.5 miles west across Behm and Bozarth Mesas to the rim of Burro Creek Canyon. Go through the gates and drop steeply down into Burro Creek. At the creek, you have reached the eastern wilderness boundary. After fording the creek, you will see a line camp, consisting of corrals and a wooden building, all of which are shaded by large sycamore trees. This is public land, and is a good spot to park and/or car camp. This route should not be attempted within several days of rainstorms, or if the possibility of rain is in the forecast.

Six-Mile Crossing Access: Proceed to milepost 132 on Highway 93, located about 7.5 miles south of Wikieup, Arizona. Take the good unpaved road bearing east at this point. Follow this road for about 15 miles, until you reach Six-Mile Crossing, which is a fording of Burro Creek. Cross the creek, and just beyond, pass through a steel gate. Turn left after the gate, and follow the fence north for about 4.5 miles, paralleling Burro Creek. At this point you are near the southern boundary of the wilderness. This route should not be attempted within several days of major rainstorms, or if the possibility of rain is in the forecast.

Sycamore Camp Access: Proceed to milepost 132 on Highway 93, located about 7.5 miles south of Wikieup, Arizona. Take the good unpaved road bearing east at this point. Follow this road for 7.8 miles, to a road intersection located on top of a ridge. A sign at this point directs you to the left to go to Sycamore Camp. Follow this road north for 4.9 miles. At this point you will see a jeep trail on your right dropping into Cornwall Canyon, which is the southwest boundary of the wilderness. Hikes can be made from this point. Other access can be had by driving another 3.4 miles up the Sycamore Camp road. At this point a jeep trail along a fenceline will be on your right. Follow the jeep trail about 4.5 miles, turning right at the intersection encountered at 1.0 miles, to Black Willow Spring. You are now at the west boundary of wilderness. Park your vehicle at least one-quarter mile away from the spring. A third access possibility in this area is to follow the Sycamore Camp road to it's end at Sycamore Camp. After stopping in at the headquarters, you can proceed up this road onto Goodwin Mesa, eventually reaching Swale Tank. From Swale Tank, follow the instructions below (Goodwin Mesa Access) to reach the wilderness boundary.

Limitations With the exception of the Burro Creek Canyon, water is scarce within this wilderness unit, and where found, must always be purified.

No formal hiking trails exist within this area. Considerable "bush-whacking" may be necessary to negotiate the Burro Creek corridor or areas of chaparral brush.

The summer climate in this area is harsh, with temperatures in the daytime often exceeding 100 degrees. Temperatures are more moderate between October 1 and April 30th.

Several access roads to this wilderness have a high clay component to them. Following precipitation events, these roads can be impassable for a period of time.

Nonfederal Lands Some lands around the wilderness are not federally administered. Please respect the property rights of the owners and do not cross or use these lands without their permission.

    Directions Preferred Months Oct Nov Mar Apr
    Water / Source:Creek
    Cell Phone SignalNo Sunrise6:06am Sunset7:00pm
    Road / VehicleStrictly 4x4
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    Six-Mile Crossing Access: Proceed to milepost 132 on Highway 93, located about 7.5 miles south of Wikieup, Arizona. Take the good unpaved road bearing east at this point. Follow this road for about 15 miles, until you reach Six-Mile Crossing, which is a 4WD fording of Burro Creek. Cross the creek, and just beyond, pass through a steel gate. Turn left after the gate, and follow the fence north for about 4.5 miles, paralleling Burro Creek. At this point you are near the southern boundary of the wilderness. This route should not be attempted within several days of major rainstorms, or if the possibility of rain is in the forecast.
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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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