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“It's like a mini Grand Canyon”
Review of Aravaipa Canyon

Aravaipa Canyon
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Winkelman
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Owner description: A deep wilderness gorge of outstanding natural beauty that is situated at a low desert elevation.
Reviewed April 26, 2015

I hiked from the west end in about 4 miles. Walked in water much of the time. The views were awesome. Thoroughly enjoyed hiking here and hope to go farther next time.

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Reviewed March 10, 2015

Be prepared to wade back and forth across the river. It never got close to our knees but definitely over the tops of our hiking boots.

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

Trip to Aravaipa Canyon is well worth! I did 3 day backpacking trip in October and really enjoyed the fall weather in the canyon. This is a easy water hike. You can hike through the canyon and choose one of the many campsite around. Beautiful views, lots of wildlife.

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

First, you must have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get there and not be a nervous driver. But the drive is alone is quite an experience. The trail was so lovely-around each bend was a different vista. We like "off-the-beaten-path and this certainly fit that description.

2  Thank DressageQueen
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

What a fantastic place and what fun it is to splash through the water! 11 miles of Aravaipa canyon are protected by the Bureau of Land Management, with additional lands at both entrances owned and protected by the Nature Conservancy. The big deal here in arid southern Arizona is perennial water, a rare and wonderful thing. Aravaipa Creek runs year round through a deep, narrow, and shady canyon and the Bureau of Land Management controls access through a permit process so that this fantastic resource is protected and maintained. The canyon runs basically east and west with side canyons entering from both the north and south sides. The west entrance, from Aravaipa road, is paved along the first few miles then turns to well graded dirt. It's still a rather rough twelve miles, though passable when dry by any passenger vehicle. The trail head is just short of a two hour drive from Tucson. The east entrance is closer to Safford, is reached by a rugged road which requires a high clearance vehicle or 4-wheel drive, and is two and a half or more hours from Tucson. Neither entrance is anywhere near Willcox. The hiking itself is relatively easy because the creek bottom is flat-but you'll be hiking in the creek a good portion of the time so expect to get wet and stay wet. It is wondrous fun! Unless you arrive at the crack of dawn and hike til dark, expect to cover just a few miles in from either entrance. The going is slow and the place is so beautiful you won't want to rush. You can be in the canyon for a maximum of three days and two nights per trip, and camping is probably the best way to see as much of the place as possible. We entered from the west, and it's a mile and a half from the trail head along the creek to the actual start of the BLM area. We hiked for about four hours and covered maybe six or seven miles total. I'm not a camping kind of a person, but if ever there was a place where camping was called for, this is it! Aravaipa Canyon is a miraculous, gorgeous, entrancing place-even if you aren't a hiker you'll find yourself splashing through the water with glee and delight.

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