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Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness

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Before highways and railways, before pioneers, even before Columbus... the land we know as the United States was truly a vast wilderness.

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Contact Information

Scott Cooke
Hours: 8am-4:30pm, M-F
711 14th Avenue
Safford, AZ 85546

Phone: (928)348-4400
Fax: (928)348-4450

SFOWEB_AZ@blm.gov
Aravaipa Canyon Photo by Cathy Konopnicki
Photo by Cathy Konopnicki

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Congress created the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness to protect over 19,000 acres of wilderness. A Permit is required to go into Aravaipa and must be obtained prior to arrival. Aravaipa's outstanding scenery, desert fish and wildlife, rich history, and opportunities for primitive recreation will remain free from the influence of man and is protected in this condition for future generations.

The wilderness includes the 11-mile long, 1,000 foot deep Aravaipa Canyon with elevations ranging from 2,650 feet at the western trailhead to 3,000 feet at the eastern trailhead. Saguaro cactus dot the canyon slopes, and a mixed-broadleaf riparian forest lines the canyon slopes at the creek. The canyon is home to desert bighorn sheep, javelinas, coati mundis, ringtail cats, and other interesting wildlife. Over 200 species of birds live among the cottonwoods, sycamores, willows and ash.

Access: From Phoenix, take US Highway 60 to Superior. At Superior, take State Highway 177 to Winkelman. At Winkelman, take State Highway 77 south for 11 miles to Aravaipa Road. Follow Aravaipa Road 12 miles east to the trailhead. Access to the east end of the wilderness is west of Klondyke, Arizona.

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Hiking and Walking Trails

Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness has the following hiking and walking trails available to the public.

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Aravaipa Canyon

Within the colorful 1,000-foot canyon walls, outstanding scenery, wildlife, and rich history are all protected. Seven species of native desert fish, desert bighorn sheep, and over 200 species of birds live among shady cottonwoods along the perennial waters of Aravaipa Creek. Additional information is available on the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Permits page. Aravaipa Creek is subject to periodic and seasonal flooding. The US Geological Survey collects Aravaipa Creek streamflow data at their gaging station on Aravaipa Creek near Mammoth, Arizona.

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Access: From Phoenix, take US Highway 60 to Superior. At Superior, take State Highway 177 to Winkelman. At Winkelman, take State Highway 77 south for 11 miles to Aravaipa Road. Follow Aravaipa Road 12 miles east to the trailhead. Access to the east end of the wilderness is west of Klondyke, Arizona.

 

Camping

The following camping areas are available to the public in the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness.

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