Safford and Aravaipa Canyon Professional Review and Guide
"Dwarfed by towering Mount Graham, which rises 10,713 feet above it, Safford has grown as an agricultural and copper mining community. Like many small Arizona towns, this Graham County community offers the casual visitor more outdoor than indoor activities. Graham County was organized in 1881, but its history dates back to the Anasazi Indians, an ancient people who inhabited the area around the time of Christ.
Aravaipa Canyon is located in the Galiuro Mountains, and the creek supports an abundance of wildlife. More than 230 species of birds have been recorded here, including some rare black-and-zone tailed hawks and yellow warblers. To protect the wildlife, only fifty people per day are permitted to hike on the trail, and permits should be obtained in advance. It is always important to ask about the condition of the canyon in terms of weather. This canyon is not for the casual hiker."