ⓘ Mazatzal Mountains. The Mazatzal Mountains are a mountain range in south central Arizona, about 30–45 miles northeast of Phoenix and the Phoenix metropolitan ar ..

                                     

ⓘ Mazatzal Mountains

The Mazatzal Mountains are a mountain range in south central Arizona, about 30–45 miles northeast of Phoenix and the Phoenix metropolitan area. The origin of the name remains obscure but one possibility is that it is from the Nahuatl language meaning "place of the deer". The crest of the Mazatzals forms the county line between Maricopa County and Gila County. SR 87, the Beeline Highway, traverses the Mazatzals on its way to Payson. The highest peak is Mazatzal Peak at 7.903 feet. They also include the Four Peaks, with elevation 7.659 ft, 2.334 m, a prominent mountain and landmark of the eastern Phoenix area.

Mazatzal wilderness area protects 252.500 acres 1.022 km 2 of the Tonto and Coconino national forest. Established in 1940 and expanded to its present size in 1984, the altitude varies from 2100 feet to 640 m on the bridge of sheep in the South-West to 7.903 feet 2.409 m on Mazatzal peak.

In the Eastern desert, consists of brush or pine-covered mountains, sometimes narrow, vertical walls of the canyons. On its Western slope, below the steep brush-covered foothills, the Verde river flows through the Sonoran desert. Verde was appointed by Congress as one of Arizonas two wild and scenic rivers in 1984.