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The 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.

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area


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The 23,000-acre conservation area is home to impressive Gila Conglomerate cliffs, towering more than 1,000 feet above the Gila River where bighorn sheep are commonly spotted. Canoeing, kayaking, and rafting enthusiasts take advantage of the spring run-off to enjoy an easy to moderately difficult floating adventure down the Gila. Numerous prehistoric and historical structures can be viewed as well. A network of primitive roads provides hours of backcountry adventure for four-wheel-drive and mountain bike trekkers. The Bonita Creek Watchable Wildlife Viewing Area provides a bird’s-eye view of the canyon below, with over 100 species of birds recorded here.

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area
711 14th Ave.
Safford, AZ 85546

Phone: (928) 348-4400

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