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Gila Box RNCA, AZ

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Distance One Way 0 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,210 feet
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Ruins, Historic & Perennial Creek
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30  2018-05-07
Midnight Canyon - Gila Box RNCA
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7  2018-04-28 HandsomeRob
14  2017-12-15
Bonita Creek
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23  2017-12-10
Bonita Creek
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13  2017-11-12 SkyIslander18
45  2017-11-10 outdoor_lover
15  2017-06-09 SkyIslander18
16  2017-01-13
Dry Canyon - Gila Box RNCA
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Dry Canyon - Gila Box RNCA
Dry Canyon - Gila Box RNCA
0.8 mi away
Spring Canyon Picnic Area
1.1 mi away
Cottonwood Trail - Gila Box RNCA
Cottonwood Trail - Gila Box RNCA
1.7 mi away
2.5 mi
100 ft
Midnight Canyon - Gila Box RNCA
Midnight Canyon - Gila Box RNCA
1.8 mi away
Riverview Campground-Gila Box RNCA
2.0 mi away
Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Area
2.1 mi away
0.3 mi
20 ft
Gila Box River Trail
Gila Box River Trail
2.2 mi away
3.0 mi
100 ft
Bonita Creek
Bonita Creek
2.3 mi away
3.5 mi
Sanchez CCC Camp
Sanchez CCC Camp
4.1 mi away
1.0 mi
100 ft
Black Hills Back Country Byway
Black Hills Back Country Byway
5.8 mi away
21.0 mi
1,800 ft
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Overview: BLM - The 23,000-acre Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area is truly an oasis in the desert. It has four perennial waterways - the Gila and San Francisco rivers and Bonita and Eagle creeks, which are the lifeline for this remarkable place. The Gila River canyon section, known as the Gila Box, is composed of patchy mesquite woodlands, mature cottonwoods, sandy beaches, and grand buff-colored cliffs. Bonita Creek, popular for birdwatching, hiking, and picnicking, is lined with large cottonwoods, sycamores, and willows. The perennial creek and riparian vegetation make this a cool year-round desert oasis.


Cliff dwellings, historic homesteads, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and over 200 species of birds make this year-round watery desert refuge worth the short drive from Safford.

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    From Safford to reach the west side, travel five miles east on U.S. Highway 70 to Solomon, AZ. At Solomon, turn left on the Sanchez Road and follow the road to the end of the pavement. From there, follow the signs to Bonita Creek and the lower end of the Gila Box. To reach the east side from Safford, take Highway 70 east 10 miles to its junction with U.S. Highway 191. Turn left and follow Highway 191 about 29 miles to milepost 160, which is four miles south of Clifton, AZ. Turn left onto the signed Black Hills Back Country Byway, and follow the road four miles to the conservation area.
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