Gila Box - it has a certain ring to it!
23 miles of wilderness river with no way out but downstream!
This spring time run has been on my bucket list for sometime now and I hope you will join me for this "overnight on the river" trip. This is a little late for prime spring runoff season, so be prepared for low water and 2 nights on the river.
Sorry but this trip is not for novice paddlers, at least not this 1st time offered. I have not paddled the Gila Box before so can only go by various trip reports.
Inflatable Kayaks (IKs) will be the preferred craft for this trip.
The carpool/caravan meeting location will be the Burger King / Home Depot lot on Power Road just south of the US 60 in the East Valley at 5:00 AM sharp. If you desire breakfast, adjust your arrival time accordingly.
We will leave the Valley on Friday morning from a East Valley meeting location and "carpool/caravan" to Safford AZ. This is a 4 hr drive so I hope to be in Safford by 10AM and on the water just after noon.
For a link to the Gila Box Riparian NCA:
For a link to a trip report by a Valley Paddler:
For a link to the USGS gage:
Old Safford Bridge Put-in [masked]° [masked]°
Dry Canyon Take-Out [masked]° [masked]°
If I have forgotten any details, let me know. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
If you have a GPS unit, please let me know in your RSVP. It will be very helpful for this trip.
Event Hosts are volunteers therefore this is not a fee for service event.
It is your responsibility to determine if your physical condition
and ability are appropriate for the requirements of the event.
Please contact the event host if you have any questions.