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White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 09 2016
Tsd906
Canyoneering3.60 Miles 540 AEG
Canyoneering3.60 Miles
540 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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Myself and two friends drove to the edge of the canyon Friday Night. FR 142 hasn't gotten any smoother since the last time I was here, but I think that's a good thing! ;) We car camped then headed down into the canyon bright and early hoping to get to the camp site at the gardens first. :scared: We passed a group of 3-4 camped near the power lines, then a couple camped at canyon edge and another vehicle was parked at canyon edge too, so we were thinking our chances at the Gardens camp site were slim.

We entered the canyon and proceeded down, eventually passing 3 younger fellows who said it was their first time in the canyon and had ventured down about halfway to the hanging gardens at night. I assumed after busting their behinds on the slippery rocks multiple times, they called it a night and camped on the huge flat boulder in the middle of the creek bed about halfway between the White box and the Gardens. I asked if they knew of any other folks ahead of us, which they said no, so we pushed on to claim our hammock spots.

As we neared the Hanging Gardens about 100 yards upstream we began hearing what we thought were campers building rock sofas at the camp site. Sounded like large flat rocks being stacked on top of each other and echoed through the canyon. I was a little disappointed at the thought someone had beat us there until I cleared some brush and I saw movement across the steam (Camp site side of the creek). Two large Big Horn Sheep had been butting heads making the sound. Literally we were about 40 feet away from them across the water. I managed to get some video before they turned and climbed up a very steep portion of the canyon wall. Amazing sight!!!

Anyway, we arrived and had the camp site to ourselves for about an hour+ until several families and groups of college kids arrived to enjoy the area. Nice rope swing with a harness set up, and some rock jumping too. Everyone left around 4ish pm and we had the place to ourselves for the night. Amazing night in the canyon with a slight breeze and the sounds of the Hanging Gardens waterfall. Heaven on Earth!!! :y:

Packed up in the morning and headed back upstream. That first swimmer of the morning...my voice raised an octave or two! :o Rest of the way out was beautiful. As we were about to drive away a group of hikers hitched a ride from us back to the power lines where they were parked. Despite FR142 being so rough, there sure was a lot of traffic at the WB&HG this weekend. Very special spot!

Not sure if this will work, but here's a link to the video of the Bighorn.

https://youtu.be/y3 ... SMF0
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