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Miller Peak Wilderness View from Crest Trail, photo by Deidre St. Louis

Miller Peak Wilderness, over 20,000 acres of the most rugged terrain in southern Arizona, lies in the Huachuca Mountains between the city of Sierra Vista and the Mexican border. The Arizona Trail traverses this wilderness before reaching its southern terminus at the U.S./Mexican border. More than 170 species of birds have been spotted here, including 14 kinds of hummingbirds. Many species of mammals and reptiles inhabit the area as well. Elevation ranges from 5,200 feet to 9,466 feet atop Miller Peak. Vegetation is predominantly oak, aspen, and grass. Some twenty trails lead through the Wilderness with the Crest Trail (11.5 miles) reaching the top of Miller Peak. Throughout the area, visitors may encounter evidence of the region's former mining and ranching days, and, unfortunately, may also find trash left by present-day illegal immigrants and drug smugglers on their passage through the area.

Border trash, Deidre St.Louis photo

Because of smuggling activities near the international border visitors are urged to use caution when visiting the area. Contact the local Forest Service office for current information. Travel is legally limited to foot and horseback. No vehicles are permitted. For information and current trail conditions, contact the Sierra Vista Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, (520) 378-0311.

Photos by Deidre St. Louis, Forest Service, courtesy of Ms. St. Louis and Wilderness.net