SIERRA ANCHA WILDERNESS IN GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA
First established in 1933 as a "Primitive Area," this 20,850 acre wilderness is full of surprises, and is a pleasure to explore. While not large in acres, this very special wilderness includes precipitous box canyons, high cliffs, and pine-covered mountains.
The extremely rough topography limits (and often prohibits) cross-country travel; however, there is an extensive system of trails (trail condition varies from good to poor). A wide variety of plant and animal species are found here. Species range from those found in the desert to those found at 8,000 feet.
Young, Arizona is located in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness - here you will find a small community with big history and heritage. Home of the infamous Grahams and Tewksburys range war that took place from 1882-1892. The Pleasant Valley War had the highest number of fatalities of such range conflicts in United States history, with an estimated total of 35 to 50 deaths.
Today Young, AZ is home to a Gila County's only full service Winery - Bruzzi Vineyard and annual events that celebrate its once rugged western heritage.