Aravaipa Canyon

Mammoth, Arizona

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A wilderness route through Aravaipa Canyon. Aravaipa Canyon is ranked among the great scenic wonders of the state of Arizona. Here, the rushing waters of Aravaipa Creek cut through volcanic stone as the Galiuro Mountains rose around it. The erosion of the water cut faster than the land rose, and the result was a steep-walled canyon chiseled through the heart of the mountains. Vanished tribes left cliff dwellings and cave paintings here, and later this rocky channel was an important travel corridor for the Aravaipa Apaches, who were among the last of their tribe to submit to reservations. A permanent stream runs through the canyon, forming one of the last wetland ecosystems in Arizona. One of the healthiest desert bighorn populations in the state roams these canyon walls. Because of its rare species and wild character, Aravaipa Canyon is now protected under the Wilderness Act, which forbids motor travel in the canyon.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A wilderness route through Aravaipa Canyon. Aravaipa Canyon is ranked among the great scenic wonders of the state of Arizona. Here, the rushing waters of Aravaipa Creek cut through volcanic stone as the Galiuro Mountains rose around it. The erosion of the water cut faster than the land rose, and the result was a steep-walled canyon chiseled through the heart of the mountains.

Vanished tribes left cliff dwellings and cave paintings here, and later this rocky channel was an important travel corridor for the Aravaipa Apaches, who were among the last of their tribe to submit to reservations. A permanent stream runs through the canyon, forming one of the last wetland ecosystems in Arizona. One of the healthiest desert bighorn populations in the state roams these canyon walls. Because of its rare species and wild character, Aravaipa Canyon is now protected under the Wilderness Act, which forbids motor travel in the canyon.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mammoth
Distance: 21.6
Elevation Gain: 465 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best March to May; September to November
Trailhead Elevation: 2,800 feet
Top Elevation: 3,065 feet
Local Contacts: Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, Safford District, BLM
Local Maps: USGS Brandenburg Mountain, Booger Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Aravaipa Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

6/1/2009
1

The hike was great. The water flowed from klon@$!*% to mammoth, so we were hiking up stream, but that was not a problem at all. We saw tons of wild life. Owls, deer, turtles, and big horn sheep. I would recommend this hike to everybody. Also fair warning to all future hikers, a good portion of the hike is in the water, which is pretty much ankle deep anyways, so plan accordingly.


1/11/2008
1

Excellent hike from the West Entrance. Wear trail shoes or a sturdy old pair of sneakers because you are in and out of the creek which, BTW. never fails to give sandals the opportunity to fill up with rocks. Cold night's in January, but the short day heats up the canyon decently enough. Most of the side canyons are impassable to all unless bouldering is your thing, otherwise Hell's Hole is the side canyon you can't miss. Don't forget to check out the spring as it begins to narrow into a slot canyon. PLenty of tracks but no sightings (Javelina, racoon, mountiain lion and coyote or fox). Bird watchers don't forget your binoculars, numerous predatory birds you can spot.



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May 2018