U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Plan & Prepare
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area
During the rainy seasons, avoid camping in the side canyons, across from them or near the creek. This will increase your safety during flash floods.
Fees are charged for the main canyon of Aravaipa Creek and its side canyons. The areas above the canyon are open to use without fees or limits.
Depending on the length of your hike and the depth of the creek, the difficulty level could be easy or moderate. Hikers should be in good physical condition. Terrain is generally level but footing is often insecure due to rocky and slippery surfaces. The lack of trails requires that hikers travel through sometimes dense vegetation. Extremes in temperatures also impact hiking conditions.
No. There is not a trail in the wilderness, and hikers must cross the creek many times during a hike. Sturdy shoes, with good ankle support, that will hold up well in the water are recommended.
No. To prevent harassment of wildlife or other visitors, dogs and other pets are not permitted in the canyon.
Yes. Seeing eye dogs may accompany their owner on a hike. This is a rugged canyon and may not be suitable for all hikers and dogs.
Yes. Hikers must make their own arrangements for vehicles; there are no shuttle services. Hiking groups sometimes meet in the middle of the canyon and switch vehicle keys.
The Safford Field Office. Contact information is at the bottom of this page.
There is no established trail through much of the canyon bottom. Since this is a wilderness area, no signs are posted in order to preserve its wild and remote character.
No, however, each trip requires a separate application and payment of fees. There must be a break between visits.
Yes. We allow a maximum of 3 days, 2 nights in the canyon wilderness area.
No more than 10 persons per group. Equestrian use is limited to five (5) animals, and animals may not remain overnight in the canyon bottom.
Yes. We allow 50 people per day, 20 on the East entrance and 30 on the West entrance. A total of no more than 10 persons per group per permit. Groups should not camp in the same location as another group. The distance for groups should be out-of-sight and out-of-sound from other groups.
The number of groups is not limited. However, group size is limited to 10 and the combined trailhead entry is no more than 50 persons per day.
Yes, however horses and packstock cannot remain in the canyon overnight. It is necessary to remove them to the uplands above the canyon each night. Due to the rugged nature of the canyon, only horses and stock that are sure-footed on rocks and in water crossings are recommended. Minimize impacts of stock animals to streamside vegetation. Equestrian use is limited to five (5) animals and a maximum of three (3) consecutive days.
No. These and other motorized and mechanical vehicles are specifically prohibited by the Wilderness Act and BLM wilderness management policy.