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Aeromagnetic map of the Wet Beaver Roadless Area, Yavapai and Coconino counties, Arizona

Miscellaneous Field Studies Map 1558-C

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Abstract

The Wet Beaver Roadless Area includes 9,890 acres (15.4 mi2) of the Coconino National Forest and is in T. 15 N., Rs. 6, 7, and 8 E., Yavapai and Coconino Counties, central Arizona. Camp Verde, the nearest major population center, is about 13 mi southwest of the road less area.

The area boundary closely follows the rim of the steep-walled canyon cut by Wet Beaver Creek into the gently westward sloping surface of the Colorado Plateau. The mouth of the canyon and the western boundary of the roadless area are near the Mogollon Rim, an escarpment that marks the southwestern margin of the Colorado Plateau. Here, the plateau surface falls off sharply in the Verde Valley, and Wet Beaver Creek flows 12 mi farther west where it joins the Verde River, the master stream of the region.

The maximum elevation within the area, just east of Hog Hill, is 6,470 ft. The lowest point, at 4,000 ft, is the stream bed of Wet Beaver Creek near the western area boundary. Topographic relief within the area ranges from 1,200 ft near the mouth of the canyon at Casner Butte to about 150 ft at the eastern boundary.

Perennial springs, located south of Hog Hill, discharge about 1,200-1,500 gallons of water per minute into Wet Beaver Creek (Twenter and Metzger, 1963, p. 94).

The western boundary of the roadless area and the mouth of Wet Beaver Creek canyon are accessible by Forest Service roads from either Camp Verde or the Sedona interchange on Interstate Highway 17. Various points along the canyon rim and the area boundary can be reached by unimproved roads, jeep trails, and pack trails. The canyon floor is accessible only on foot; in several places, deep pools require a swim or steep climb and descent for traverse of the canyon.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Aeromagnetic map of the Wet Beaver Roadless Area, Yavapai and Coconino counties, Arizona
Series title:
Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
Series number:
1558
Chapter:
C
Year Published:
1986
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Description:
Plate: 36.20 x 26.74 inches
Country:
United States
State:
Arizona
County:
Coconino County, Yavapai County
Other Geospatial:
Wet Beaver Roadless Area
Scale:
0
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N