Aravaipa Canyon Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews

Aravaipa Canyon Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near San Manuel, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
649 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Easy hike but you will cross the little stream many times so choose your footwear accordingly.

Beautiful Scenery. Most of the hike is in the creek. We saw Deer, Black Hawk, Monarch Butterflies, lots of Yellow Butterflies and a Blue Herron. We saw no one else which totally awesome. The paths are narrow and hard to find at times. Be ready to just walk in the the creek. There was plenty of water and at times knee deep. Wear Hiking Boots made for water. Mine kept getting rocks and sand in them which was uncomfortable. I will definitely do this hike again. It was our first time and we stopped and took a lot of pics. 6 hours to hike in about 4 miles and back out again.

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing views, tons of wildlife. Due to permits being required, not too many other hikers on the trail. This is as good as it gets in southern Arizona. I saw a giant desert centipede, black bear, and bats. I recommend doing this hike in early spring or late fall when the weather is cooler. It was a bit hot and monsoons threaten flash floods so it was a little sketchy. Overall a great destination that does not disappoint.

1 month ago

Fun drive to get to the trail. Really remote. Fun in the water!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! We were lucky enough to see a lot of wildlife. Deer, turkey, javelina, a gila monster, rattlesnakes, a family of coatimundi, a bobcat and fireflies along the creek when it got dark. The scenery is constant and beautiful! Give yourself enough time to explore the side canyons. They are often steep and hard to climb but the unique views and pools are worth the effort. We did this in July and it was hot despite being in the cool water most of the hike. There were mosquitoes and biting flies out in force so bug spray or a tent/netting is highly recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely unreal and unique experience. Somewhat of a mix between Sabino Canyon of Tucson and West Fork Creek of Sedona, AZ. Outstanding backpacking opportunity. Mostly shaded and perennial stream that you walk through maybe half the time ensure its bearable even in June. Speaking of bears, yes, I did see one large reddish-colored bear. Ranger had warned me that bear activity reports were twice last year due to drought conditions in the area. Also saw lots of coatis, deer, birds, and a skunk. Outstanding campsites every mile or so.

7 months ago

Just beautiful!! Wear the right shoes, you will thank yourself later!

hiking
7 months ago

Definitely a unique hike. Pretty empty, we had the trail to ourselves and the canyons were beautiful. Water was cold, wool socks and hiking boots since you are in the creek 80% of the time. Reminded me of a lower key hike similar to the Narrows in Zion NP. Some people left their wooden hiking sticks at trailhead which was helpful.

hiking
8 months ago

beautiful place. If you can live with a few scratches on your bare ankles, my advice is to wear water shoes with decent grip.

Give yourself a full day if you can. I hiked non-stop for 8 hours out-and-back and wished I had 10.

Also, I wouldn't worry too much at any given point about the best way to move forward. Just keep moving. Right through the creek is often the path of least resistance.

9 months ago

Such beautiful scenery! Great hike, make sure to have proper foot attire. Your in the creek with lots of little rocks for the majority of the time. Creek is kept so clean! Trail wardens are very friendly and informative.

hiking
11 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in Arizona! Incredible!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Amazing! Loved hearing the frogs at night. A really special place in the desert

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Permit required. We only saw 4 people in the 3.5 hours we were there. The weather was perfect, the water was refreshing. Amazing Views.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Definitely spend the night and give yourself time to relax in the cool refreshing water.

hiking
Thursday, February 18, 2016

A permit is required for access to the canyon, and you will be entering the creek multiple times, so wear appropriate shoes. It gets colder in the canyon than the forecast for local towns, so plan accordingly. The canyon gets increasingly beautiful the further you hike, so I would recommend a 3-day backpacking trip. On day 1, hike in about 7 miles and set up camp. On day 2, leave your camp up and grab some snacks and a water filter for a day hike to the end of the canyon and back (8 miles). On the day 3, break down camp and head back out.

hiking
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I'm torn - do I be honest and leave a positive review, or do I lie and save this gem for myself? Okay, I'll stick with honesty: This spot is awesome. You'll be walking through the river several times, so bring appropriate shoes.

hiking
Monday, August 10, 2015

We only went in about 2.39 miles. We saw lots of animal tracks, blue heron and a huge white tail hawk. Super rocky, muddy water but what views! Like to explore again. Hot this time in August, so the water was cooling.

hiking
Saturday, May 09, 2015

Great place to see lots of wildlife up close.

hiking
Friday, January 24, 2014

One of my favorite hikes

hiking
Sunday, March 10, 2013

Beautiful area tucked away from everything! We were there on one of those lucky days when it was raining so the canyon was full and the waterfalls were all flowing. Great place fairly close to Phoenix, super backpacking and camping, we will be going back. The sign says they don't allow dogs kind of a bummer.

hiking
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wonderful adventure! Do it! Bighorn sheep, natural pools, great canyon scenery.

hiking
Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wonderful trail trough wilderness area. Encountered large herd of bighorn sheep, watching them climb an impossible cliff with ease? Out of the way location for te real adventurer.

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