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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 13 2012
charlieaz
Canyoneering11.00 Miles 200 AEG
Canyoneering11.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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This is absolutely one of my favorites. We secured our permit for Oct 11-12 on first day they became open, as did our friends. The four of us left Mesa, AZ about 6:30 am. At about 8:00 am I realized I forgot to bring a printed copy of my permit. Oh well, we pressed on and I hoped for the best. Turned out, all I needed was the last name of the person who secured the permit - ME! We left the west trailhead about 9:00 am and a short time later we were in the water. The weather forecast called for some rain but we were undaunted. The temperature was about 75 in the day and 50 at night. We passed two other groups heading out of the canyon near the wilderness boundary. We stopped for lunch at about 11:00 and used the occasion to empty our sand and rock laden shoes. We got rained on a couple of times after lunch, but nothing we couldn't handle. The wildlife was awesome. We saw fish, frogs, tons of butterflies, hawks, and even some great blue herons. However, no sign of bears, mountain lions, scorpions or poisonous snakes as others posted, much to the delight of our wives. We made it to Horse Camp in the afternoon and determined the best camp site was a short distance back towards Virgus Canyon. After we set up camp we just relaxed and enjoyed the canyon. We found out later that we had the canyon all to ourselves that night, probably do to the rain. Ours was the only vehicle parked at the west trailhead we were told by a group passing us on our way out. After dinner and staring into the fire for a while we went to bed. Through the sounds of the running water that night, I barely recall hearing a skunk or ringtail growling in frustration after searching in vain for a carelessly discarded morsel. My wife and I moved to the hammocks at about 5:00 am to give our aching bones some rest and watch the stars slowly give way to the sun. The next morning we explored the mouth of Vigus Canyon which had very interesting geological formations. After that we headed back to the trailhead with cloudy skies, no rain and temperatures in the mid-70s. There were isolated patches of fall leaves, but nothing to write home about. This is a trip full of adventure for new comers (us) as well as return visitors, so much to see so little time. Loved it!!!
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