Sierra Ancha Wilderness is a 20,850-acre property that started out as one of America's first "primitive areas." It's an area filled with precipitous box canyons that shelter many ancient Salado ruins under and on the sides of the cliffs. The topography on this wilderness is so sharply vertical that travel cross-country between the deep-cut drainages is impossible. But if you are up, there are trails, and if you are down, there are trails. The trails, though... well... maintenance varies from good to non-existent.
This is a heavily vegetated area with extensive pine forests in the upper reaches. This area also has probably the highest densities of mule deer, wild turkeys and black bears in Arizona.
Group sizes are limited to 15 people, with no more than 15 pack animals or livestock at a time. Camping is allowed virtually everywhere, the stay limit is 14 days.