Backpack Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness

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Scottsdale, AZ

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Scottsdale, AZ

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What do you picture when you hear the term ‘desert’? Whatever may come to mind, it is unlikely to include lush grasslands, verdant groves of cottonwood and sycamore trees, and crystal-clear water that flows year-round. That is exactly what you’ll find on our 3-day Aravaipa Canyon backpacking trip! An Arizona highlight, this secluded canyon has long been an oasis for backpackers looking for adventure in the Sonoran Desert.Aravaipa Creek makes hiking during hot summer months a downright pleasant experience as you traverse the wide and meandering stream under towering, majestic cliffs. Be on the lookout for bighorn sheep, coatimundi, and any of the 228 species of birds known to live here. Due in part to the high biodiversity, the area is protected as a federal Wilderness Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Nature Conservancy also manages a preserve that borders the Wilderness Area, further protecting sensitive species and rare riparian habitats. Hone your backpacking skills and learn about unique local history in this beautiful, isolated gem of the southwest.

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AOA Adventures

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