Hummingbird Springs Wilderness
Guide

Introduction

Hummingbird Springs Wilderness is a 49 square mile Bureau of Land Management property in Maricopa County, Arizona, where visitors enjoy unparalleled primitive camping opportunities and time away from everyday noise. Located 55 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona, this BLM land can be accessed from the south and north via Interstate 10 and Eagle Eye Road respectively. Dirt roads lead to the wilderness boundaries but no vehicles are allowed within the wilderness.

Hummingbird Springs Wilderness lies within a mountainous range thereby offering mountain climbing enthusiasts plenty of opportunities to hike to the peaks as high as 3,500 feet. The landscapes, flora and fauna species in the park provide good sightseeing opportunities too. If you’re looking to stretch your legs, you’ll find plenty of places to hike to in the park. Nearby attractions include Kofa National Wildlife Refuge and Big Horn Mountains Wilderness.

Primitive campsites abound across the wilderness, but no developed camping facilities and equipment are available. Nearby campgrounds are available at Prescott National Forest.

RV Rentals in Hummingbird Springs Wilderness

Transportation

Driving

Hummingbird Springs Wilderness is located 55 miles west of Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona. Access to this Bureau of Land Management park from the south is off Interstate 10 via Salome Road or Tonopah Road. If you are coming in from the north, then your way into the park will be through Eagle Eye Road, south of Aguila. These roads, as well as other local access roads that lead to the wilderness boundary, are dirt roads whose conditions vary from time to time, so it is best you drive to the park in high clearance and four-wheel-drive vehicles. From Phoenix, you should arrive at the park in two hours.

Within the wilderness itself, the use of motorized vehicles and equipment used for mechanized transport is not allowed. That includes off-highway vehicles, bikes, bicycles, and motorboats. So, as you approach the wilderness, look out for the boundary signposts. There are spaces available to park your vehicles before you arrive at the wilderness boundary.

RV rentals are available at Phoenix and Wickenburg for visitors who wish to enjoy vehicle camping around this BLM park.

There are no direct public transportation services to Hummingbird Springs Wilderness.

Parking

Public Transportation

Campgrounds and parking in Hummingbird Springs Wilderness

Campsites in Hummingbird Springs Wilderness

Reservations camping

Lynx Lake Campground

Lynx Lake Campground is a very popular destination for camping in this region and attracts more than 90,000 visitors yearly. Set within a ponderosa pine forest, this campground offers campers opportunities to enjoy recreational opportunities such as fishing, mountain biking, boating, horseback riding and bird watching.

Featuring 35 campsites equipped with picnic tables, grills and fire rings, this campground can accommodate tents and RVs up to 35 feet long. Vault and flush toilets, potable water, and garbage services are also provided in the campground. No hookups are available in the campground.

The campground is open from April to October and accepts reservations.

Maximum stay in the campground is 14 days in any consecutive 30 days. Quiet hours are from 10pm to 6am.

White Spar Campground

White Spar Campground is located about 3 miles south of downtown Prescott, east of Highway 89 and features ponderosa pine forest that offer scenic settings for camping holidays. Consisting of 52 campsites that accommodate tents, RVs and trailers, this campground offers recreational opportunities ranging from backpacking, bird watching, fishing, boating, rock climbing, and many more.

Campground facilities and amenities include drinking water, trash dumpsters, vault toilet, grills/fire ring and picnic tables. Tent pads are also provided. There are spaces available for privacy and time alone.

The campground is open year-round and accepts reservations. Maximum RV/trailer length limit in the campground is 45 feet.

Maximum stay in the campground is 14 days in any consecutive 30 days. Quiet hours are from 10pm to 6am.

Seasonal activities in Hummingbird Springs Wilderness

In-Season

Mountain Climbing

Hummingbird Springs Wilderness is uniquely sited in a mountainous region. The park lies at the northwest end of Belmont Mountains; the northeast border of Big Horn Mountains forms the southwest border of Hummingbird Springs.

Both mountain ranges offer exciting mountain climbing opportunities for explorers who feel up to it and are appropriately equipped for the adventure. The breathtaking views that climbers enjoy at the top of the mountains is a major motivator for the sport.

Flora and Fauna

This BLM wilderness consists of complex and diverse landforms and landscapes that are covered by desert vegetation that evoke natural beauty enjoyed by nature lovers and enthusiasts. As you stroll around in the wilderness, you’ll be greeted by flora species such as chollas, saguaro, paloverdes, ocotillos, and mesquite.

In addition, the park is home to several wildlife species including desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, and mule deer, as well as birds such as prairie falcons, cooper’s hawk, and golden eagles. It is not uncommon to encounter Gila monsters and kit foxes in the park.

Hiking

Hiking is a common activity among those that visit Hummingbird Springs Wilderness, thanks to the fact that vehicles are not allowed in the wilderness. Therefore, all areas that visitors wish to explore in the wilderness have to be navigated to on foot. Although most of the wilderness area is rocky, hikers won’t suffer ankle pain or too much fatigue from the adventure. If you’re looking for challenging places to hike in this BLM property, then find those places where the washes are cut deeply into the surface.

Off-Season

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge supports various reptiles, amphibians as well as many other fauna species, making the park home to wildlife enthusiasts visiting Hummingbird Springs Wilderness.

If you’re driving or hiking on the refuge in the morning, there is a very good chance that you will spot the elusive and venomous Gila monster wandering around the refuge. Other residents in the refuge include red-spotted toad, desert horned lizard, chuckwalla, as well as varieties of birds.

Sightseeing

Many beautiful spots lie within Hummingbird Springs Wilderness for sightseers to explore and take photographs. Whether it’s the mountain peaks where vantage points views of the surrounding mountain ranges abound, or the desert areas where the landscapes, flora and fauna are evident, you will not run out of things to see and admire.

All the way from Interstate 10 en route the park, the scenic beauty of the wilderness will bid you welcome. Your camera is your best friend at this BLM park.

Big Horn Mountains

Big Horn Mountains lies southwest of this Bureau of Land Management property and features natural landscapes such as narrow canyons, chimneys and small fissures that serve as habitats for Gila monsters, desert tortoises, desert bighorn sheep, and kit foxes.

If you visit this area, you’ll find birds like barn owls, great horned owls, golden eagles and prairie falcons resting on the canyon walls. The wilderness area in the Big Horn Mountains is separated from Hummingbird Springs Wilderness by a jeep trail.

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