What do you picture when you hear the term ‘desert’? Whatever may come to mind, it is unlikely to include lush grasslands, verdant groves of cottonwood and sycamore trees, and crystal-clear water that flows year-round. That is exactly what you’ll find when you go backpacking in Aravaipa Canyon! An Arizona highlight, this secluded canyon has long been an oasis for backpackers looking for adventure in the Sonoran Desert.
Aravaipa Creek makes hiking during hot summer months a downright pleasant experience as you traverse the wide and meandering stream under towering, majestic cliffs. Be on the lookout for bighorn sheep, coatimundi, and any of the 228 species of birds known to live here. Due in part to the high biodiversity, the area is protected as a federal Wilderness Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Nature Conservancy also manages a preserve that borders the Wilderness Area, further protecting sensitive species and rare riparian habitats. Hone your backpacking skills and learn about unique local history in this beautiful, isolated gem of the southwest.
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Departs: Holiday Inn Express: Old Town Scottsdale
Includes: Round-trip transportation from Holiday Inn Express, all permits & entry fees, skilled guide(s), all meals (lunch day 1 thru lunch day 3), kitchen & group gear (cooking utensils, stove, fuel, water filter, food storage, dish washing necessities), personal mess-kit (bowl, mug, fork, spoon).
Not-Included: Personal insurance and expenses; Pre- or post-trip lodging; Airfare to and from Scottsdale, AZ; Airport transfers; Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 3; Sleeping bag, Sleeping pad, Backpack, Tent (rentals available); Trekking poles (complimentary upon request).
Cost: $695/person + $36/person permit & use fees*
Price is based on shared occupancy. Solo occupancy upgrade available for an additional $25/person +tax; A $500.00 per person deposit is required to hold your reservation on any trip. The balance is due 60 days prior to your trip departure date. *Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure.
Season: Spring and Fall - 2018 Trip Dates
Skill level: Beginner, with moderate difficulty
Notes: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. All backpacking tours are group tours; minimum 2 guests. Please inquire for available dates. Private backpacking tours are available for an additional fee.
All cancellations must be made in writing via email or fax. Cancellation fees abide by the following schedule:
-91 or more days prior: Full refund for all trips
-61 to 90 days prior: Forfeit of deposit (30%)
-31 to 60 days prior: 50% of trip cost
-0 to 30 days prior: 100% of trip cost (no refund)