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Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

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Address: Graham & Greenlee Counties, Safford, AZ
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+1 928-348-4400

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A very scenic place to visit

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

Reviewed 3 February 2017
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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90 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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604 reviews
55 attraction reviews
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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
Safford, Arizona
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 bird species. There are cliff dwellings and historic cabins. You can hike for many miles... More 

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Thatcher, Arizona
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Came out with my dogs and daughter, there was no one else around as we walked down the river. Great spot for a hike, but it was quite hot in July!

Thank Gueon_LHC
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44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

The GILA Box is one of our best backyard playgrounds around. The Safford, AZ area is wonderful place. We are blessed to live in a valley that in one direction we have Mt. Graham (The Pinal Mtn. Range) and the GILA River Box. Spring time is especially a great time. It is green. The Gila River and Bonita Creek run... More 

Thank CandysKitchen
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2015

The only reason to go out with the family and friends to enjoy themselves in a area that is not far from home. The place is very good for a family outing.

Thank antonioj93
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

This area was excellent for all kinds of birds. It was August so migration had begun and there were warblers moving through the area. We went to the Watchable Wildlife area within the conservation area. We noted many camping opportunities which we will take advantage of next time. We also saw a family of Coati which was really great. The... More 

1 Thank SierraSlyFox
Phoenix, AZ
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175 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2015

Beautiful scenery and an excellent chance to see wildlife. We spotted a Coati by the river. Bumpy drive out, but worth it.

1 Thank phxchica127
Duncan, Arizona
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

the road into the Gila Box is on the primitive side but the views are well worth it. An enjoyable area to spend a relaxing day.

Thank KWellborn
Safford, Arizona
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88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2014

Gila Box is so beautiful. When we were first driving in, I wanted to turn back so many times, because the road was so bad. It's not like we needed the 4X4, although we had it, it's that it is all gravel, it was dusty, and it was washboard. My back was screaming at me (although I will say, I... More 

1 Thank Fastmach B

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