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Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

11333 Bonita Creek Rd, Safford, AZ 85546, USA

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About Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area is a National Conservation Area located along the Gila River in southern Graham and Greenlee counties in southeastern Arizona in the United States. Administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the conservation area is approximately 23,000 acres in size. Campgrounds and hiking trails are available. The section of the Gila River that flows through the Gila Box is popular with white-water rafters and kayakers.


Attractions Near Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

Eagle Creek
Eagle Creek5.29km from Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

Eagle Creek is a 58.5-mile-long river located 50 miles northwest of Clifton, Arizona, United States, at the base of the White Mountain Range. It is a tributary of the Gila River.

Gila Box
Gila Box5.62km from Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

The 23,000-acre Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area includes four perennial waterways, the Gila and San Francisco rivers and Bonita and Eagle creeks. This region is a very special riparian ecosystem abounding with plant and animal diversity. Impressive Gila Conglomerate cliffs tower more than 1,000 feet above the Gila River, and bighorn sheep are commonly spotted. Bonita Creek, a key tributary of the Gila River, is lined with large cottonwoods, sycamores, and willows.

Black Hills Rockhound Area
Black Hills Rockhound Area9.7km from Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

Black Hills rockhound area is located on the north side of Arizona route 191, between Safford and Clifton, about 18 miles north of Safford.This rockhound area makes a great day adventure for rock collectors. The principal attraction for rock collectors here is fire agate. Fire agate is a relatively new gemstone, only identified and formally recognized in the 1930s. It has the color play of precious opal with gem quality reds, greens, and blues.

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area
Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area10.62km from Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area has many cliffs, canyons, and historical sites to explore. This 23,000-acre BLM property is in eastern Arizona. Within the conservation area, the Gila and San Francisco rivers flow through the area in addition to Bonita and Eagle Creeks. Hiking, rafting, wildlife viewing, and much more await Gila Box visitors.

Guthrie Peak
Guthrie Peak14.24km from Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

Guthrie Peak is the highest point of the Black Hills, the northern extension of the Peloncillo Mountains in eastern Arizona. It isn’t a major Arizona summit. However, it does enjoy a prominence of over 2,000’, making it a worthwhile destination in its own right. Although it is far from any major Arizona cities. The summit is easily accessible because it starts right off US-191 and has a road to the top. For this reason, Guthrie Peak can be hiked any time of year.

Clifton Townsite Historic District
Clifton Townsite Historic District15.19km from Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

The Clifton Townsite Historic District, in Clifton, Arizona, is a 37-acre historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.It is historically significant as "a largely intact area within Clifton, a copper mining town in eastern Arizona which developed between 1870 and 1930. The district is significant...for its association with the early copper mining and smelting operations in that region and with the town which grew to support those operations.

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Graham County
Graham County
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Graham County is a county in the southeastern part of the U.S. state. Today, the area's natural wonders attract city dwellers seeking adventure and relaxation - backpacking through Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, hiking alongside Bonita Creek, floating down the Gila River, fishing on Roper Lake, or relaxing in natural mineral hot springs.

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