The Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness Study Area, Arizona, lies along part of the crest and northeast flank of the Dos Cabezas Mountains, Cochise County, near the southeast corner of Arizona (fig. 1). The U.S. Bureau of Land Management requested mineral surveys of about 11,921 acres of the approximately 15,000 acre wilderness study area. In this report "wilderness study area" refers to the 11,921 acres that were studied. The Dos Cabezas Mountains are in many ways a typical mountain range of the Basin-and-Range physiographic province. They are a northwest-trending block-faulted range separated from adjacent ranges by broad valleys. The range is about 22 mi long and 8 mi wide, and it reaches an elevation of 8,354 ft at Dos Cabezas Peaks, located about 2 mi west of the study area. The terrain of the area is rugged. Roadheads and trails provide adequate access for foot traverses.
In the Dos Cabezas Mountains the Apache Pass fault zone is the major structural feature, barely skirting the southwest side of the study area. It extends several miles to the northwest and tens of miles to the southeast, across the Chiricahua Mountains beyond Apache Pass. It is typically made up of a pair of bounding faults and some anastomosing faults between them. The study area is underlain by a variety of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks that provide only a fragmentary record of geologic events between Precambrian and Holocene times. A suite of metamorphic and igneous (primarily crystalline) rocks forms the basement terrain. Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rocks and also Paleozoic and Mesozoic volcanic rocks overlie the basement rocks but are extensively eroded away and may be covered. A pile of volcanic rocks of Late Cretaceous and Paleocene age caps the older rocks in much of the study area. Mid-Tertiary intrusive rocks underlie the eastern part of the study area as well as some very small, widely scattered additional localities. Quaternary gravel deposits occur in the major valleys and along the mountain front.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Geophysical maps of the Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness Study Area, Cochise County, Arizona|
|Series title||Miscellaneous Field Studies Map|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Description||Plate: 56.51 x 32.09 inches|
|Other Geospatial||Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness Study Area|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|