Safford is the center of a thriving ranching community along the Gila River Valley. Towering above the valley, the Pinaleno Mountains and several smaller ranges are the recreational center of the area. Capped by 10,717-foot Mount Graham, the Pinalenos are more than 50 miles long and the summit ridge and north slopes are covered with a dense, cool forest of pine, fir, oak, and aspen.
Campgrounds are scattered along the Swift Trail, a road that winds along the high south slopes of the range. There are miles of hiking trails, including the rugged Round the Mountain Trail, and several fishing streams. Other backcountry areas to explore include the wild Santa Teresa and Galiuro Mountains, both included in wilderness areas. In the foothills of the Galiuro, beautiful Aravaipa Canyon winds through green streamside trees. Although outdoor recreation is the main activity for campers, you might want to check out Discovery Park, Safford’s 165-acre science and cultural center. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Fourmile Canyon, Riggs Flat, Columbine Corrals, Cunningham, Soldier Creek, Hospital Flat, Shannon, Arcadia, Roper Lake State Park, Riverview, Owl Creek.
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