Rugged terrain, diverse plant and animal species, old west history and solitude are available for lovers of wilderness here. These mountains rise over 3,700 feet above the Sulphur Springs and San Pedro Valleys in southeastern Arizona.
Location: Outdoor Sports & Recreation
Fishhooks Wilderness Area
Sharing a northeastern border with San Carlos Indian Reservation, this area is isolated and seldom visited. Rugged with grand vistas, the area contains Fishhooks and Canyons, all of which offer hiking among shady riparian vegetation.
Santa Teresa Wilderness Area
Between Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness and the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation adjoining the North Santa Teresa Wilderness, access is difficult. This is a network of rugged mountains with bald summits, deep canyons, and sprawling mesas.
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area
Before highways and railways, before pioneers, the land we know as the United States was truly a vast wilderness. To protect these last remaining areas, Congress created the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness. Aravaipa’s outstanding scenery, desert fish and wildlife, rich history, and opportunities for primitive recreation will remain free from the influence of man.
Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area
Feel like a day at the beach? The sands were once a beach surrounding a lake approximately two million years ago. What remains today is one of the most unique recreation spots in Arizona
Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area
This area contains four waterways which promote the extensive riparian ecosystem with a diverse plant and animal community. The canyon includes patchy mesquite woodlands, mature cottonwoods, sandy beaches, and grand buff-colored cliffs.
Roper Lake State Park
The park comprises 150 acres of land surrounding a 15-acre pond, with five miles of scenic trails and paths that allow for a good stretch of the legs. Enjoy a self guided tour through the wildlife of this beautiful Arizona State Park.
Mount Graham International Observatory
Accredited scientists are on sight to guide you through an astrological experience. Enjoy the center’s weekend tours; featuring a trip up to scenic Mount Graham, lunch near the summit of the mountain; and a guided tour of the observatories.
This park is an educational and entertainment retreat with riparian habitat. They feature interactive displays and interpretive exhibits showcasing the area’s geological diversity and important role in the field of astronomy.
Gila Valley Hiking Club
The Gila Valley Hiking Club (GVHC) is a group of individuals of all ages and from all walks of life who share the personal enjoyment of hiking. Visitors are always welcome to hike.