Hunting

 

Graham County features a variety of hunting opportunities from Mule Deer to Dove and Quail. Hunters enjoy thousands of acres of wide open space to enjoy their sport. Hunting is administered by Arizona Game and Fish Department. Check on specific hunting dates and permits.

 

 

Gila Box

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

 

The 23,000-acre Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area is truly an oasis in the desert.

 

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The 23,000-acre Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area is truly an oasis in the desert. It has four perennial waterways - the Gila and San Francisco rivers and Bonita and Eagle creeks, which are the lifeline for this remarkable place. The Gila River canyon section, known as the Gila Box, is composed of patchy mesquite woodlands, mature cottonwoods, sandy beaches, and grand buff-colored cliffs. Bonita Creek, popular for birdwatching, hiking, and picnicking, is lined with large cottonwoods, sycamores, and willows. The perennial creek and riparian vegetation make this a cool year-round desert oasis.

 

Cliff dwellings, historic homesteads, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and over 200 species of birds make this year-round watery desert refuge worth the short drive from Safford.

 

Contact Information:

Bureau of Land Management

Safford Field Office

711 14th Ave.
Safford, AZ  85546
928.348.4400

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Peloncillo Mountains

Peloncillo Mountains Wilderness

 

The 19,440-acre Peloncillo Mountains Wilderness is located 9 miles northeast of San Simon, Arizona, in Graham, Greenlee and Cochise coun...

 

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The 19,440-acre Peloncillo Mountains Wilderness is located 9 miles northeast of San Simon, Arizona, in Graham, Greenlee and Cochise counties.

 

The wilderness lies within the rugged Peloncillo Range, which stretches from Mexico to the Gila River. This remote and primitive area flanking the New Mexico state line shows little signs of human activity. The Peloncillo Mountain Wilderness offers outstanding opportunities for primitive recreation, including hiking, backpacking, rock scrambling, hunting and sightseeing. The higher country offers long-distance views; and excellent scenery enhances wilderness values in the rugged mountains and canyons.

 

Contact Information:

Bureau of Land Management

Safford Field Office

711 14th Avenue

Safford, AZ 85546

928.348.4400

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Dos Cabezas

Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness

 

The wilderness consists of the rugged slopes of the Dos Cabezas Mountains, with elevations ranging from 4,080 feet to 7,500 feet.

 

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      The wilderness consists of the rugged slopes of the Dos Cabezas Mountains, with elevations ranging from 4,080 feet to 7,500 feet. This range allows for a variety of plant and animal life as well as excellent recreation opportunities. Visitors will find a diverse terrain of steep mountain slopes, granite outcroppings and vegetated canyon floors. This rugged and remote environment provides a rich wilderness experience. The Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness provides outstanding opportunities for hiking, backpacking, camping, rock scrambling and sightseeing. Sightseeing from the higher mountains and ridges offer outstanding long distance views of Sulphur Springs and San Simon valleys and numerous mountain ranges.

 

Several developed and natural springs in the wilderness provide water for the abundant wildlife. White-tailed and mule deer, mountain lions, golden eagles, bald eagles and many other animals inhabit the Dos Cabezas Mountains. The beautiful and unusual collared lizard may be found in the upper portions of Buckeye Canyon. The peregrine falcon, a state and federally listed endangered species, migrates through the area. The majority of the wilderness contains mountain shrub, desert shrub and riparian vegetation.

 

The 11,700-acre Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness lies 20 miles east of Willcox and seven miles south of Bowie, Arizona in Cochise County.

 

Contact Information:

Bureau of Land Management

Safford Field Office

711 14th Avenue
Safford, AZ 85546

928.348.4400

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Fishhooks

Fishhooks Wilderness

 

The 10,500-acre Fishhooks Wilderness is located about 30 miles northwest of Safford, Arizona in Graham County.

 

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The 10,500-acre Fishhooks Wilderness is located about 30 miles northwest of Safford, Arizona in Graham County. With its scenic vistas and rugged beauty, this isolated wilderness area provides outstanding solitude for visitors. Upper, lower, and middle Fishhooks, Sam, Steer Springs and Dutch Pasture canyons offer pleasant hiking in seldom-visited areas that are tempered with shady riparian vegetation.

 

Contact Information:

Bureau of Land Management

Safford Field Office
711 14th Avenue
Safford, AZ 85546

928.348.4400

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