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Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, Arizona
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, Arizona is located in Arizona
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, Arizona
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, Arizona
Location in Arizona
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness
IUCN Category Ib (Wilderness Area)
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Location Graham / Pinal counties, Arizona, U.S.
Nearest city Globe, Arizona
Area 19,700 acres (7,970 ha)
Designated 1984 (1984)
Governing body Bureau of Land Management
Fall colors near the western end of Aravaipa Canyon

Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness is a 19,410 acres (7,850 ha) wilderness area located in the U.S. State of Arizona.


The wilderness is administered by the BLM and is located northeast of Mammoth, Arizona in Graham and Pinal counties, about 120 miles (190 km) southeast of Phoenix. Pedestrian access to the preserve is allowed only with prior authorization from preserve staff. The area is popular for its recreation, especially its hiking trails and off-roading. Visitors can hike to the abandoned cabin at the Parsons Grove site in the Aravaipa Canyon Preserve as of 2013. Travel in the canyon requires wading in Aravaipa Creek.


The Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness forms the northwest border of the Galiuro Mountain range. The wilderness includes the 11-mile (18 km) long Aravaipa Canyon, the surrounding tablelands and nine side canyons. The Nature Conservancy's Aravaipa Canyon Preserve protects 7,000 acres (28 km2) of private land and is contiguous with the BLM wilderness area.

Permits and fees

A permit and fee are required to enter Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness. Use is limited to 50 people per day. Permits can be obtained from the BLM.

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