OverviewBassett Peak is the highpoint of the Galiuro Mountains. It rises in southeast Arizona about 20 miles northwest of Willcox. Bassett Peak is located in the Coronado National Forest and the Galiuro Wilderness Area, and is a long ways off the beaten path. Although there is a good trail network in the Galiuros, there are no developed campgrounds. Bassett Peak may best be known as the crash site of a B-24 Liberator bomber in 1943. Bassett Peak is also a member of the famed Coronado 12. A Coronado 12 peak is the highest peak in each of the twelve units of the Coronado National Forest. With an elevation of 7,663', Bassett Peak ranks way down on the Arizona elevation list. But the new field of Prominence has made Bassett Peak a more important mountain. With a prominence of 3,123’, Bassett Peak is big enough to make an appearance on the Arizona Prominence Map.
Getting ThereFrom Willcox, start heading north along the paved Fort Grant Road. The road makes several 90-degree turns as you drive through the scenic Sulphur Springs Valley. After about 21 miles, you will reach the intersection of Ash Creek Road, otherwise known as Forest Road 651. Start driving west, where the road turns to dirt after a few miles. Continue driving west. After about 14 miles, you will reach the intersection of Ash Creek Road and Sunset Loop at a right turn in the road. A ranch house is located on this curve. You will see a primitive road heading off to the west here. This is Forest Road 660. Drive west on this road through the scenic grassland. A sign marking the Coronado National Forest boundary is here. After about a half mile, a good camping spot is reached at the edge of the forest. Low clearance vehicles will have to park here. High clearance vehicles can continue further up the road.
Mountain ConditionsContact the Coronado National Forest, Safford Ranger District, at 928-428-4150.
Forest Service Map: Coronado National Forest (Safford and Santa Catalina Ranger Districts).
Topo Maps: Bassett Peak; Harrison Canyon.