The Hassayampa River flows freely for several miles along the southern and eastern portions of this Wilderness, supporting a riparian habitat. The area reaches a high point on Sam Powell Peak at 4,015 feet in the western portion, where you'll also discover a striking geological monolith called The Needle. Side canyons and uplands are covered in chaparral, paloverde, and saguaro. Visitors come to backpack or horsepack and to photograph the landscape. Private land exists adjacent to the wilderness boundary and should not be crossed without prior permission to access the wilderness trails.
This is actually the HASSAYAMPA RIVER PRESERVE. $6 per vehicle but very family friendly trails here. The paths around the preserve are so well kept and soft your feet will thank you. I came here the day after an 8 mile hike and my feet felt great. Trail meanders along the river and takes you to a nice butte where you can get a good look around the area. Some cows and bulls grazing add some excitement along with an occassional sighting of a Javelina. The people at the preserve are very friendly and it's a quick trip from West side of Phoenix area.