Isolated Aravaipa Canyon is one of the true natural Arizona wonders, featuring a desert steam, majestic cliffs and bighorn sheep. Located about 50 miles northeast of Tucson, the preserve includes lands at both the east and west end of Aravaipa Canyon, as well as preserve lands intermixed with public land on the canyon’s south rim.
The 9,000 acres owned by The Nature Conservancy are managed in conjunction with about 44,000 acres of federal lands. Preserve elevation ranges from 2,800 feet at the west end of the canyon bottom to 6,150 feet on Table Mountain.
The 10-mile long central gorge, which cuts through the northern end of the Galiuro Mountains, is a federal Wilderness Area managed by BLM. Access into The Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness is by permit only and available only through BLM.
Fish monitoring, prescribed fire, and other conservation management activities on Aravaipa Canyon Preserve are directed toward ensuring the long-term protection of the stream system and its mixed broadleaf riparian forest composed of cottonwood, willow, walnut, alder and sycamore trees.