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Harquahala Mountains Wilderness
The 22,000 acre Harquahala Mountains Wilderness is located northwest of Phoenix in Arizona and contains the highest mountains in southwestern Arizona at over 5600 ft. The name originated from a local Native American people "Aha qua hala", which meant "water there is high up". There are many full-time springs on the mountain, which is managed by the BLM.
Harquahala Mountains includes a relict physically-sheltered section of interior chaparral, rare cactus populations, desert grasslands, and six mapped springs.
Animals you may find here include: Javelina, Harris’ Antelope Squirrel, Mexican Freetailed Bat, Gila Woodpecker, Sonoran Desert Toad, Gila Monster, and Black-Tailed Jackrabbit, and even wild Burros. Sensitive Species here include: Lowland Leopard Frog (Lithobates yavapaiensis), Cave Myotis (Myotis velifer), Sonoran Desert Tortoise (Gopherus morafkai), and Greater Western Mastiff Bat, (Eumops perotis californicus).
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