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Aravaipa Canyon Monster

I think this is actually a mailbox. It was out front of one of the last houses we passed before getting to the Canyon parking area. I took my daughter, Jessica, with me to Aravaipa Canyon yesterday. It turned out being a little further than anticipated. Took about three hours to get there including 38 miles of dirt road and 8 river crossings. The BLM site doesn't tell you about the 8 river crossings. Their directions are way off too. If not for my ability to overcome my manliness and ask directions we probably wouldn't have made it there. The 8 river crossings wouldn't have been a problem in a truck of SUV, but in a 4 door sedan they were a little much as water came up over the hood a couple times. Before we even got there I was wanting to come back and hike the whole thing. It's 12 1/2 miles one way.

 

If you'd like to go, don't trust the BLM web site directions and plan to be hiking in the middle of the water most of the time.

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Taken on April 18, 2011