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Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

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Address: Graham & Greenlee Counties, Safford, AZ
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Amazing little-known gem!

The Gila Box RNCA is a must visit, in my opinion. One of the largest rivers in Arizona flows through it, as well as several perennial creeks - each with it's own spectacular... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 December 2016
Kelly W
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Safford, Arizona
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Safford, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

The Gila Box RNCA is a must visit, in my opinion. One of the largest rivers in Arizona flows through it, as well as several perennial creeks - each with it's own spectacular little side canyon - there are Bighorn sheep, coatimundi's, and around 200 bird species. There are cliff dwellings and historic cabins. You can hike for many miles... More 

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Thatcher, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Came out with my dogs and daughter, there was no one else around as we walked down the river. Great spot for a hike, but it was quite hot in July!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

The GILA Box is one of our best backyard playgrounds around. The Safford, AZ area is wonderful place. We are blessed to live in a valley that in one direction we have Mt. Graham (The Pinal Mtn. Range) and the GILA River Box. Spring time is especially a great time. It is green. The Gila River and Bonita Creek run... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015

The only reason to go out with the family and friends to enjoy themselves in a area that is not far from home. The place is very good for a family outing.

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

This area was excellent for all kinds of birds. It was August so migration had begun and there were warblers moving through the area. We went to the Watchable Wildlife area within the conservation area. We noted many camping opportunities which we will take advantage of next time. We also saw a family of Coati which was really great. The... More 

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Phoenix, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

Beautiful scenery and an excellent chance to see wildlife. We spotted a Coati by the river. Bumpy drive out, but worth it.

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Duncan, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

the road into the Gila Box is on the primitive side but the views are well worth it. An enjoyable area to spend a relaxing day.

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Safford, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

Gila Box is so beautiful. When we were first driving in, I wanted to turn back so many times, because the road was so bad. It's not like we needed the 4X4, although we had it, it's that it is all gravel, it was dusty, and it was washboard. My back was screaming at me (although I will say, I... More 

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Pima, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

The BLM's Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area is close enough to Safford that it makes an easy day's getaway but far enough that you can "get away from it all" and enjoy the outdoors. There are two campgrounds, many picnic areas, a bird-viewing deck, historic sites, and three trails, plus hundreds of miles of back country primitive roads to... More 

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Taos, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2014

This is a beautiful area in SE AZ that sees little human traffic. The beautiful Gila River flows wild through tall stands of cottonwood trees with a beautiful campground located near the River. Bring food and water as there no services in the area. Don't miss this hidden gem!

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