Cactus Plain Wilderness Study Area


A typical scene along the Swansea Road near Cactus Plain Wilderness Study Area
A typical scene along the Swansea Road near the Cactus Plain Wilderness Study Area

The Cactus Plain Wilderness Study Area is a 59,100-acre property about 3 miles north of Bouse, about 15 miles southeast of Parker. The Cactus Plain is a large open area of unique multi-colored sand dunes. The Cactus Plain Wilderness Study Area occupies the western two/thirds of the Cactus Plain (the rest is almost all part of the East Cactus Plain Wilderness). Most folks come for the hiking, sightseeing, backpacking and horseback riding. Some folks come for the wildlife and desert botanical learning.

To get there: Get off Interstate 10 at Vicksburg. Turn north and go through Vicksburg to State Route 72. Turn northwest on that and go to Bouse. In Bouse you'll find the Swansea Road. Cactus Plain Wilderness Study Area is about three miles north of Bouse, whether you take the Swansea Road north or continue to follow State Route 72. The Swansea Road continues northeast around the edge of East Cactus Plain Wilderness and continues to end near the edge of Swansea Wilderness, just past the old townsite of Swansea.

Cactus Plain Wilderness Study Area map
Cactus Plain Wilderness Study Area map
Photo of the Swansea Road courtesy of Chazz Layne, CCA-NC-by-SA 2.0 License
Map courtesy of National Geographic Topo!