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Redfield Canyon Wilderness

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A large rock frames the left side view into a valley filled with Autumn vegetation
Library image #4186: Canyon view and riparian zone


The United States Congress designated the Redfield Canyon Wilderness (map) in 1990 and it now has a total of 6,600 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Arizona and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Redfield Canyon Wilderness is bordered by the Galiuro Wilderness to the north.


A narrow red-walled chasm, boulder-strewn Redfield Canyon lies bound by tall cliffs pocked with eroded caves. With a bit of exploration you may find cascades and deep refreshing pools hidden in side-canyons. Some small canyons in the area contain perennial streams. In the eastern portion of the Wilderness, Galiuro Escarpment rises impressively, an example of the fault-block development for which the Basin and Range Province is known. Vegetation in the area is common of Arizona desert land. There may also be the opportunity to spot mule deer, pronghorns, bighorn sheep, coyotes, black bears, and cougar while exploring the area.

You'll find no established trails here, but the canyons are suitable for hiking. Elevations range from about 3,400 to 6,200 feet. Temperature range from 20 to 110 degrees F and annual precipitation averages between 10 and 15 inches. Over the years photographers have been drawn to the scenic, water-rich side canyons of Redfield. A substantial portion of the western half of the area is privately owned; you must obtain permission before crossing it.

Planning to Visit the Redfield Canyon Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Redfield Canyon Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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