Hiking Aravaipa Canyon


I had been hearing about Aravaipa Canyon and its beauty for a couple of years. One reason I hadn’t gone is that it is a long drive from my area in Tucson and you need a permit since total visitation each day is limited. A friend, though, took the initiative to pick a date and reserve a permit for our group. The canyon preserve is made up of both land owned by the Nature Conservancy and federal land and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). A desert stream that flows 10 miles through a canyon with high walls and several side canyons is the main attraction. Water and shade is always appreciated in the desert!

We only hiked up about a third of the canyon. I’d love to do the whole thing and explore some of the side canyons that have cliff dwellings and slot canyons. I’m not sure about hiking with a backpack and sleeping on the ground; camping overnight would be a necessity to see more of it. You can read more and find out how to get a permit at the recreation site. The Nature Conservancy site also has information.

The trailhead is located about 10 miles off AZ Highway 77. The first part is paved, the 2nd half is hard-packed dirt, though dusty. I would not recommend taking an RV down the road, but it is doable. There is a small place to camp partway up the road that would fit an RV. Mammoth, the town just south of the turnoff, has fuel and restaurants.

November 2, 2017
Categories : RV travels
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