WHAT WILDERNESS MEANS TO ME
I love Arizona Wilderness. It offers that special something which non-wilderness areas can’t match. I should know because I came from Illinois where I hiked many miles of forest and meadow trails. The hiking was a lot of fun, but I never knew how great hiking could be until I discovered the Arizona Wilderness.
I am blown away by the plethora of Wilderness areas in Arizona. I can drive from Phoenix in any direction and be in a Wilderness area within an hour. What is more surprising is how fast one can disappear into these areas and be surrounded by the most amazing scenery anywhere in the United States.
I have hiked Eagletail Mountains Wilderness where I have seen mule deer, wild horses and ancient petroglyphs. I have spent time in the Superstition Wilderness where Gila monsters wander. I’ve walked the Upper Burro Creek Wilderness where wild burros will keep an eye on you while you hike. I have been lucky enough to see the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, where the number of hikers is limited to 50 a day. I have spent time in the Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness, where one can hike in the river all day admiring Mother Nature’s magnificence.
Arizona Wilderness allows me to explore areas rarely hiked, make new discoveries with every step, immerse myself into the wilderness and experience the wonderment of canyons, rivers, deserts and mountains less traveled. When I am in Arizona Wilderness I feel the child come… I get to play all day. What a great feeling!
-Larry Zuiker, Arizona Wilderness Visitor