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Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

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Comfortable seclusion

This area is easily accessible by hiking, or four wheeling, and in a car or truck with a high... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2018
Akos K
Rough drive - BEAUTIFUL view

Don't take a small car - the road is rough rub the views are excellent. Bring water and a picnic... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2018
KallyEfros
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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...More

5  Thank Kelly W
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

This area is easily accessible by hiking, or four wheeling, and in a car or truck with a high clearance. Come prepared with water and snacks, better yet bring a picnic basket. You can hear the flapping of wings by birds descending for a meal...More

Thank Akos K
Reviewed 11 August 2018

The Gila Box Riparian area is a well used summer retreat from the heat. Folks go tubing down the Gila when there is enough water. You can visit the picnic area along Bonita Creek for walks along the water. You can check out the historic...More

Thank mshragland
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Don't take a small car - the road is rough rub the views are excellent. Bring water and a picnic. Take the drive slow. We love to wade in the water.

Thank KallyEfros
Reviewed 8 March 2018

The Gila River is fun action fishing, if you enjoy carp, flathead catfish, tilapia,, bass,!!1 just beware of your surroundings especially when you have little children around there are mountain lions everywhere in this area. Other than that it's beautiful to fish and see the...More

Thank Monica M
Reviewed 14 February 2018

This can be a little hard to find info about - even the person at the BLM office in Safford couldn't tell me whether the road was gravel or paved, or exactly how long it would take to get to Bonita Springs, or how to...More

1  Thank TommyBear
Reviewed 5 January 2018

As a photographer, this place is truly "eye-candy!" In fall the Cottonwoods are pure gold and the hikes are outstanding in flora and fauna. This place has enough for all tastes, even the kiddos. Hawks, Osprey, song birds, Coatamundi, bobcats, mule deer, trout in the...More

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Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Great scenery, good fishing, and a nice quiet weekend! Not much for facilities but well worth it for those looking for an amazing place to camp, hike, and fish.

Thank Saavy156
Reviewed 8 May 2017

This was a nice place to escape the hot Arizona sun and run into some happy birds - trees, water. It's not spectacularly beautiful but if you're in Safford and looking for some wildlife, it's worth the drive

Thank jen k
Reviewed 3 February 2017

We went here primarily to see birds, but the scenery itself is also very nice, especially the high view of the box canyon.

Thank Bern666
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...More

5  Thank Kelly W
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AuntFrahn
Hello, Still not sure about taking our travel trailer to River View Campground. Found this review. Do you think it is accurate? Thanks, "First, a major warning about the entrance road: not for the faint of heart! The road from Safford is paved and easy, but just as you enter Gila Box, everything changes. There are multiple steep 15% grades down into tight, blind curves, followed another 15% grade up the other side. Do not attempt this road if you are not confident in the abilities of your brakes or engine. Class A's and Fifth Wheels can make it, but it's a hair-raising trip! The final mile into the campground is graded gravel, with one steep hill just before the first sites. We stayed at Riverview for 9 days, including Easter weekend. During the weekdays, we mostly had the place to ourselves, and there were even a few spaces open during the holiday weekend. The campground itself is austere desert, but the surrounding riparian area near the Gila River is lush and beautiful. There's hiking trails and old mining roads for hours of walking. We saw all kinds of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, coatimundi, birds and butterflies. Our favorite part was hanging out by the river, a green oasis with sandy areas to play in. It's definitely remote, with the closest town being about a 45 minute drive away, and extremely spotty internet service. Bring everything you will need for your stay, and enjoy the changing desert sky and 360 degree sunrises and sunsets."
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Response from TommyBear | Reviewed this property |
I didn't go as far as the campground, but from what I saw of the roads and the tight blind curves and hills, I'd say you can trust this review to be accurate.
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