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Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness

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Area Management

The Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.


• A permit is required for recreational use of the canyon. All permits are secured through

• Party size cannot exceed 10 people. (Canyon use is limited to 50 people per day, 30 from the West end and 20 from the East end.)

• Access to each Wilderness boundary is courtesy of The Nature Conservancy. Please respect their private property.

• Hunters need a permit. The flood plain of Aravaipa Creek and the first 50 vertical feet above the streambed are closed to shooting but are open to bow and arrow hunting, in season.

• Pets are not allowed in the Wilderness.

• Cutting or removing vegetation is prohibited.

• Pack out all trash, including apple cores and cigarette butts.

• Use of public land for business or financial gain requires a special permit.


• The maximum length of stay is 3 days (2 nights).


• Equestrians are limited to 5 stock animals per party.

• Stock cannot remain in the canyon bottom overnight.

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