East Cactus Plain Wilderness

Found southeast of Havasu city in far-west Arizona near the California border can be found the East Cactus Plain Wilderness. At around 14,000 acres, most of the area is considered crescent dune topography and receives very few visitors. This Wilderness area comprises about a third of the full cactus plain.

Rare endemic dunescrub flora inhabits the area such as Sand Flat Milk Vetch (Astragalus insularis), Death Valley Mormon tea (Ephedra Funerea), and Linearleaf Sand Spurge (Stillingia linearifolia). Wildflower displays include the spreading dominant Sand Verbena and Dune Evening Primrose.

Interesting dune-adapted animals occur here including the Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii), Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi), and the Mojave Desert fringe-toed lizard (Uma scoparia).

 

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