Dos Cabezas Mountains

The Dos Cabezas Mountains are a mountain range in southeasternmost Arizona, USA. The 11,700 acres (4,700 ha) Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness lies 20 miles (32 km) east of Willcox and 7 miles (11 km) south of Bowie in Cochise County. The mountain range's name means Two Heads in Spanish, for the twin granite peaks, Dos Cabezas Peaks,[1] that sit atop the range.

Dos Cabezas Mountains
Highest point
PeakDos Cabezas Peaks
Elevation8,354 ft (2,546 m)
Dimensions
Length15 mi (24 km) NW x SE
Width6 mi (9.7 km)
Geography
CountryUnited States
StateArizona
Region(northeast)-Sonoran Desert
MunicipalityBowie, Arizona
(Willcox & Fort Bowie-W)
Range coordinates32°12′30″N 109°34′33″W
Borders onChiricahua Mountains-SE
San Simon Valley-NE
Sulphur Springs Valley-W & SW

Geology

The wilderness consists of the rugged slopes of the Dos Cabezas Mountains, with elevations ranging from 4,080 to 7,500 feet (1,200 to 2,300 m). There is a diverse terrain of steep mountain slopes, granite outcroppings and vegetated canyon floors. The higher mountains and ridges offer long distance views of Sulphur Springs and San Simon Valleys and numerous mountain ranges.

Wildlife

Several developed and natural springs in the wilderness provide water for the abundant wildlife. White-tailed and mule deer, mountain lions, golden eagles, bald eagles and many other animals inhabit the Dos Cabezas Mountains. The collared lizard may be found in the upper portions of Buckeye Canyon. The peregrine falcon, a state and federally listed endangered species, migrates through the area. The majority of the wilderness contains mountain shrub, desert shrub and riparian vegetation. Arizona's Game and Fish department recently released photos from a 2016 sighting of the second known jaguar living in the state.[2]

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