Safford - Morenci Trail

Safford, Arizona 85546

Safford - Morenci Trail

Safford - Morenci Trail Professional Review and Guide

"An overnight or longer backpack along a historic trail in the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area. This well-established but rocky trail winds through rugged and beautiful canyons whose walls are composed of volcanic rocks such as basalt, rhyolite, and andesite.

The vegetation varies from mesquite and creosote bush at the West Ranch trailhead to riparian species like Fremont cottonwood, willow, and Arizona sycamore along Bonita Creek to pinyon-juniper-oak woodland in Smith Canyon. Wildlife is abundant. Look for signs of mule deer, mountain lion, javelina, coyote, and gray fox. Bonito Creek, which is located at about the half-way point, makes an excellent camping spot."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best March to May, September to November
4,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,000 feet
Top Elevation
Safford Field Office BLM
Local Contacts
USGS Bonita Spring, Weber Peak, Copperplate Gulch, Lone Star Mountain
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018