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Paiute Wilderness Area
The very remote 87,000 acre Paiute Wilderness Area is located in extreme northeast Arizona, west of Grand Canyon National Park. Reaching as high as 8000 ft. in elevation, this park is managed by the BLM and is in the overlap zone between the Mojave Desert and the Great Basin.
The primary mountain range here is the Virgin Mountains, which has received extremely low visitation, keeping it very wild.
The southern part of the Paiute Wilderness is contained within Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. The main plants to be found here include Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata), Range Ratany (Kramaria ratany), Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata), Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia) Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia spp.), and Mormon tea (Ephedra viridis). In the higher sections of the Wilderness, you can find Pinyon Pines (pinus spp.) and Ponderosa Pines (Pinus ponderosa).
More than 250 animal species can be found in the wilderness including Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, Desert Tortoise, Mountain Lion, and Gila Monster.