East Cactus Plain Wilderness Study Area


The East Cactus Plain Wilderness and the Cactus Plain Wilderness Study Area are located in western Arizona near the California border approximately 145 miles (21/2 hours) west of Phoenix and 200 miles (31/2 hours) east of Los Angeles. It’s a beautiful slice of desert with incredibly clear night skies. You can hear coyotes at night and it’s utterly and wonderfully quiet. This is near the ghost town of Swansea, you can read my account of camping there.

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A great diagram of the wilderness areas featured in this region

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I was rather taken with this stand of ancient Saguaros
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the hilariity of trying to walk on the dunes without falling into animal burrows