Arizona Wilderness Coalition logo  
 

 

 

EVENTS

 


2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act!

Join us to discover Arizona's wilderness areas and to celebrate your wild place!

Please RSVP only when you are ready to secure a spot on a Wild Stew trip, as we are limited to 15 people in wilderness areas. You will be prompted to create a Meetup account or signin to Meetup (also via Facebook). Meetup is free and does not sell or rent your information to third parties.



Rincon Mountain Wilderness © Elias Butler

Seeking Volunteers for the Tucson Office

Want to help AWC, but just can’t get away? How about helping in the Tucson office for a few hours?

We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with general office work and organizing: filing, scanning, database management, phone calls, internet research, etc. If you have any experience, your time would be a great gift to AWC!

We don’t generally associate a wilderness organization with office work, but the truth is that administrative integrity is critical to the long-term health of any organization. Staying on top of these details is one of the greatest challenges that face small non-profits today, and the staff and Board at AWC are committed to ensuring a strong organization into the future.

For more information contact Susan Shobe, AWC Office Assistant, 520-326-4300

 

Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs Wilderness

April 26-27: Fossil Springs Wilderness, Coconino National Forest

  Join AWC as we return to Fossil Springs Wilderness to celebrate Earth Day! Several years ago the Forest Service became aware of a handful of marijuana grows in the Calf Pen area of Fossil Creek Wilderness. The grows have since been obliterated and most of the trash removed by work crews; however there is some remaining trash that needs to be hauled out. This weekend event will include a day of steep, off-trail hiking and trash removal (bulky more than heavy), followed on Sunday by a guided exploration of the Calf Pen area. Additional details...

About Fossil Springs Wilderness
Fossil Springs Wilderness was established in 1984 and it now has a total of 10,434 acres and contains Fossil Creek, a national Wild & Scenic River.

"Where there is water, there is life," the saying goes, and Fossil Springs proves it's true every day of the year. At the bottom of a steep and wide canyon, at the edge of the Colorado Plateau just south of the Mogollon Rim, a group of springs pump water to the surface at the rate of about 20,000 gallons per minute. That endless water supply supports one of the most diverse riparian ecosystems in the state--more than 30 species of trees set among native desert shrub. It also creates a haven for abundant wildlife: elk and deer higher up; javelina, coyote, skunk, ring-tailed cat, fox, and smaller mammals lower down; and more than 100 species of birds.

The canyon of Fossil Springs extends northeast for about 12 miles and splits into Sandrock Canyon and Calf Pen Canyon, as well as several other sheer-walled side canyons. You'll discover an area that has retained much of its natural integrity, a clean and pristine place to visit. Traces of early Native American civilization may be found here.

Trip Details:Click here!
Volunteers Needed: 15
Work Type: Trash Removal

RSVP for Fossil Springs Wilderness, April 26-27th

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

May 3rd: Upper Verde River Day Hike: Difficult

Upper Verde River,
a proposed Wild & Scenic River

The Verde River, along with the San Pedro River in southeast Arizona, is considered one of the last, free-flowing rivers in our state. Bubbling to the surface from springs above the Mogollon Rim and flowing into the heart of the Sonoran Desert, the Verde headwaters meander through the pinyon-juniper grasslands and pine forests of the Prescott National Forest. Almost every native fish that resides in the river is already — or soon-to-be — listed under the Endangered Species Act, along with a number of endangered terrestrial and bird species. From a recreational perspective, the river is regionally famous for its hiking, birding, and swimming holes!

Join us on a guided day hike along the Upper Verde River. This 6-7 mile day hike will be a bit more challenging as we will hike the stretch of the Verde River from Bear Siding to the Perkinsville Bridge. Plan for a full day, as we meander along the banks of the river, taking the time to enjoy the beauty of the waterway and learning about the ecology of the area. There will be ample opportunities for photos — so bring a camera and lots of good snacks! We will be stopping frequently throughout the day both to appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape and also discuss some of the realities of this waterway.

Please note that there will be many crossings of the river along the way, so expect to get wet. River ‘mileage’ can be deceptive and hiking along a river can be difficult — this hike is appropriate for strong hikers.

Trip Details: Click here!
Mileage: 6-7 miles
Group Size: 10
Hike Type: Difficult

RSVP for Verde River Day Hike: May 3rd, 8:00am - 4:00pm

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

Boynton Canyon, Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness

New Date May 10-11th: Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness, Coconino National Forest

Tan, buff, and predominantly red-rock cliffs mark the edge of the Colorado Plateau across Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness (est. 1984), just east of Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. With 47,194 acres, it is here the high mesas of Secret Mountain and Wilson Mountain jut out into the lower country, and outstanding canyons as deep as 1,500 feet drain into beautiful Oak Creek and the Verde River. The high rims are rather cool and moist compared with the lower desertland, and a wide variety of vegetation supports plentiful wildlife, including elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, javelinas, coyotes, rabbits, mountain lions, and black bears. A close look at the canyon walls may reveal ancient rock art and long-abandoned cliff dwellings.

Although this is one of Arizona's most accessible Wildernesses, you can still find solitude here, largely due to the deep canyons, the many hidden grottoes, and the dense riparian vegetation.

Trip Details: Coming Soon
Volunteers Needed: 15
Work Type: Monitoring

RSVP for Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness, May 10-11th

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

Wilderness Steward Collecting Data, Mt. Wrightson Wilderness

Training May 13th (Tuesday): Individual Wilderness Steward Training, Prescott AZ

The Wild Stew program is more than just our AWC-led field events, we also have a cadre of trained individuals who serve as Wilderness Stewards on their own time. This one-day training prepares you to collect field data while you are exploring one of Arizona’s 90 wilderness areas. We request your commitment to monitor wilderness conditions twice per year, either in different locations or at an adopted area. Learn more about the Individual Wilderness Steward Training.

Note: You must have attended at least one (1) Wild Stew field event prior to applying
Details: Class details are provided with confirmed registration
Class Size: 15

RSVP for Individual Wilderness Steward Training, May 13th

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

Field Exercises, Wilderness Stewards-in-Training

Training May 19th (Monday): Individual Wilderness Steward Training, Alpine AZ

The Wild Stew program is more than just our AWC-led field events, we also have a cadre of trained individuals who serve as Wilderness Stewards on their own time. This one-day training prepares you to collect field data while you are exploring one of Arizona’s 90 wilderness areas. We request your commitment to monitor wilderness conditions twice per year, either in different locations or at an adopted area. Learn more about the Individual Wilderness Steward Training.

Note: You must have attended at least one (1) Wild Stew field event prior to applying
Details: Class details are provided with confirmed registration
Class Size: 15

RSVP for Individual Wilderness Steward Training, May 19th

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

Strawberry Crater Wilderness

May 31-June 1: Strawberry Crater Wilderness, Coconino National Forest

Part of the huge San Francisco volcanic field, Strawberry Crater is one of its roughly 600 craters and cones, all 50,000 to 100,000 years old. The crater once sent lava flowing across the northwestern corner of Strawberry Crater Wilderness (est. 1984, 10,743 acres), and low cinder cones dominate the southern end. Here are gently rolling hills covered in pinion and juniper, cinder-strewn terrain ranging in elevation from 5,500 feet to 6,000 feet. From the tops of many of the cinder cones you can see the Painted Desert, Hopi Buttes, and mesas of the valley of the Little Colorado River. Game animals and smaller mammals may be seen throughout the area. At dawn and dusk the area's fascinating geology and twisted junipers offer excellent subjects for photographers. Solitude awaits amid limitless horizons. The region has an eerie sense of timelessness.

Trip Details: Coming Soon
Volunteers Needed: 15
Work Type: Monitoring

RSVP for Strawberry Crater Wilderness, May 31st - June 1st

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

 

-Arizona Wilderness Coalition mission statement