Redfield Canyon Wilderness Trails

Benson, Arizona

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If what is protected as wilderness is a measure of value, the Redfield Canyon Wilderness is among the most treasured. The reason is water. Redfield contains running water year-round. In terrain where average annual precipitation is less than twelve inches, the presence of running water, live water, perennial water (the variety of ways we express the idea indicates the degree to which it is cherished) is magical. This trail guide covers an area with no maintained trails. Access to the Redfield Canyon Wilderness can be a problem. There are two ways in. The most direct route is achieved by driving 40 miles north on the Pomerene Road from Benson to an unmarked turnoff at the small townsite of Redington. A rutted jeep trail that parallels Redfield Canyon travels east about 10 miles to the trailhead. Since the road crosses both private and State Trust Land, permission must be obtained from the State Land Department (see Appendix 2) and, at least theoretically, from private landowners, although in the past most landowners have not objected.

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"If what is protected as wilderness is a measure of value, the Redfield Canyon Wilderness is among the most treasured. The reason is water. Redfield contains running water year-round. In terrain where average annual precipitation is less than twelve inches, the presence of running water, live water, perennial water (the variety of ways we express the idea indicates the degree to which it is cherished) is magical. This trail guide covers an area with no maintained trails.

Access to the Redfield Canyon Wilderness can be a problem. There are two ways in. The most direct route is achieved by driving 40 miles north on the Pomerene Road from Benson to an unmarked turnoff at the small townsite of Redington. A rutted jeep trail that parallels Redfield Canyon travels east about 10 miles to the trailhead. Since the road crosses both private and State Trust Land, permission must be obtained from the State Land Department (see Appendix 2) and, at least theoretically, from private landowners, although in the past most landowners have not objected."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Benson
Trail Type: Several options
Trailhead Elevation: 3,400 feet
Top Elevation: 4,000 feet
Local Contacts: BLM, Safford Field Office
Local Maps: USGS The Mesas, Cherry Spring Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Redfield Canyon Wilderness Trails

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May 2018