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Aravaipa Canyon

The Aravaipa Canyon recreational permits are now available at

Questions? Contact the BLM Safford Field Office

Location and Description

The 19,410-acre Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness is 120 miles southeast of Phoenix, Arizona in Graham and Pinal counties.  The wilderness includes the 11-mile long Aravaipa Canyon, as well as, the surrounding tablelands and nine side canyons. Within the colorful 1,000-foot canyon walls, outstanding scenery, wildlife, and rich history are all protected. Seven species of native desert fish, desert bighorn sheep, and over 200 species of birds live among shady cottonwoods along the perennial waters of Aravaipa Creek.  Additional information is available on the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Permits page. Aravaipa Creek is subject to periodic and seasonal flooding.  The US Geological Survey collects Aravaipa Creek streamflow data at their gaging station on Aravaipa Creek near Mammoth, Arizona.

Permits and Fees

A permit is required to enter Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness.  Use is limited to 50 people per day; this provides solitude for the visitor and reduces impacts to the environment.  Permits can be obtained via the web (link provided below); advance payment via credit card is required.  The website also provides in-depth information about Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness.  A brochure is available by mail.  Permits can also be obtained by calling the BLM (928-348-4400) but advance payment is still required.  Further information ....


From Phoenix, take US Highway 60 to Superior. At Superior, take State Highway 177 to Winkelman. At Winkelman, take State Highway 77 south for 11 miles to Aravaipa Road. Follow Aravaipa Road 12 miles east to the trailhead. Access to the east end of the wilderness is west of Klondyke, Arizona.

Nonfederal Lands

Some lands around and within the wilderness are not federally administered. Please respect the property rights of the owners and do not cross or use these lands without their permission.

Related Maps

  • 7 1/2 minute Topographic: Booger Canyon, Brandenburg Mountain, Holy Joe Peak, Oak Grove Canyon
  • 1:100,000 BLM Surface Management: Mammoth
  • Game and Fish Management Units 31, 32

For more information contact:

  Safford Field Office
711 14th Avenue
Safford, AZ 85546-3337
Phone: (928) 348-4400
Fax: (928) 348-4450
Field Manager:  Scott Cooke
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F

Introduce Yourself to Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area

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