Gila Box Riparian

(nr Sanchez AZ)
The Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area mostly follows the Gila River and can be accessed via the Black Hills Back Country Byway from either the east or the west. Other primitive roads require 4-wheel-drive.

Gila Box Riparian – Gila River

Besides the Gila River it also includes the San Francisco River, Bonita Creek, Eagle Creek, and the Black Hills. These waterways attract lots of vegetation, animals and birds.

Gila River
Cliffs by the River

Rafting on the river, picnicking, camping, horseback riding, hiking, mountain bicycling, bird watching, hunting and fishing are typical activities. There is a log cabin homestead and rock art, but I didn’t find either.

Rocky Shallow
Cliffs Seen from My Campsite

Dispersed camping is not allowed by the waterways. There are two campgrounds; Owl Creek CG in the east and Riverview CG in the west. I stayed at both.

Camp: BLM-Riverview CG
Scene: Camp, river, cliffs

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4 Responses to Gila Box Riparian

  1. OFM April 26, 2022 at 4:40 pm #

    Thanks for another great report. You are finding the nice corners of the area for sure.

    • Pleinguy April 26, 2022 at 4:43 pm #

      Thanks Barney. Some I find, others I miss. Glad you liked it.

  2. Gumo April 26, 2022 at 7:27 pm #

    Beautiful! It doesn’t look like the drought has hurt the area too much. I’m glad. Happy trails to you!

    • Pleinguy April 26, 2022 at 7:34 pm #

      Near the water things look fine, but away is pretty dry. Thanks for the comment Rick.

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