Jan 18, 2014 · 6:30 AM
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Come join us on one of Arizona's great backpacking trips!
Aravaipa Canyon is one of the few protected riparian areas in Arizona and it is an incredible backpacking destination. This is truly a desert paradise with a perennial stream, towering canyon walls, lush vegetation, and lots of wildlife. What makes Aravaipa so unique is its beautiful wilderness characteristics, including the lack of any well defined trails. It's often easier to walk in the water than on the bank.
Winter is a great time of year to visit. This is the kind of trip where you regularly say "OMG, this is incredible!" We'll be spending two nights & three days in the canyon. On Saturday morning, we'll hike in a leisurely 6 miles and set up our base camp near Horse Canyon. On Sunday, we'll have all day to hike upstream towards the East entrance before returning to our basecamp. On Monday we'll hike out the way we came.
This is an easy to moderate hike with minimal elevation gain but the route is mostly off trail and you will get wet. Campfires are permitted. No pets allowed by the BLM on this hike.
The permit cost is $17.50 (with PayPal fees). $20.00 will be refunded at the trailhead. No refunds if you cancel for any reason - Check your schedule carefully before signing up. Carpools will be set-up as needed.