Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

Diversity of the desert in Aravaipa Canyon

Posted in Southern & Central Arizona by canyoneering on December 4, 2009

Aravaipa Canyon
approximately 23 miles
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area
10/5/08 – 10/6/08


The desert is not a uniform world. Mountains and canyons break the desert up into pockets of diversity that are entirely different from adjacent areas. On the northern end of the Galiuro Mountains, the perennial Aravaipa Creek has carved a canyon of staggering beauty that pushes ones preconceived idea of the desert. My co-worker and friend, Pat Shannahan and I explored Aravaipa Canyon and some of its side canyons on a two-day backpacking trip. Along the way we observed big horn sheep and coatimundis, we rested under giant Cottonwood trees, drank fresh spring water coming right out of the dark red porphyry rock, gazed at the stars and the surreal geologic formations and sloshed our feet through the cool waters of the creek. I will close and let our images speak for this place and our time in it.



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