White Canyon Wilderness

White Canyon Wilderness

Not far from Hilario’s home, in east central Arizona lies the 5800 acre White Canyon Wilderness. This pristine desert of soaring cliffs, secret streams and chalky white rock offers endless renewal and inspiration for Hilario’s vision.

A primitive road traverses this remote wilderness. Popular with hikers, rock climbers, horseback riders and back road adventurers the area is home to deer, black bears, mountain lions and countless species of birds. Giant boulders lay strewn beneath banded rock faces that soar as much as 800 feet above the canyon floor. Perennial streams feed willow and mesquite bosques offering shelter and food to wildlife. To the southwest the twisted cliffs of Mineral Mountain rise above the canyon. And everywhere are thick stands of giant saguaros.

Hilario visits the Wilderness whenever he needs to refresh his spirit. His most recent visit was on a clear winter’s day in January 2010.