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Gila Box Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Gila River (AZ)

Gila Box Info
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Put In:  Old Safford-Clifton Road
Take Out:  Bonita Creek
Difficulty:  Class II
Gradient:  12 ft/mi
Run Length:  19 miles
Current Streamflow:  105 cfs @ 12/14/2016 01:00 PM - GILA RIVER NEAR CLIFTON, AZ, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  300 to 600 cfs
Season Comments:  March, April
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  The Gila Box consists primarily of Class II rapids that flow through remote canyon country.
Hazards:  Fences and other possible strainers
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mostly BLM
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Excellent sites available
Location:  In the Canyon Country (AZ), 200 miles Southeast of Phoenix
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: From Guthrie, Arizona, take US 191 north about 6 miles and turn left on Old Safford-Clifton Road. Head south some 4 miles to the bridge and the put-in on the right bank.

Take-out: Take US 70 to Solomen, Arizona, east of the town of Safford. Head north on Sanchez Road and follow the signs to the Bonita Creek take-out.

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