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Gila Box Riparian National Conservation

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Four perennial waterways are the central showpieces of this remarkable area. Not only is it one of the most significant riparian zones in the Southwest, it is one of only two Riparian National Conservation Areas in the United States. A segment of Bonita Creek and 23 miles of the Gila River are included in this special natural area lined with large cottonwoods, sycamores, and willows. Cliff dwellings, historic homesteads, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and over 200 species of birds make this cool, year-round desert oasis worth the short drive from Safford. Inflatable kayak, canoe, and rafting enthusiasts will enjoy an easy to moderate floating adventure in the canyon. A series of primitive roads provide access to various points throughout the area. Backcountry primitive camping opportunities are available at Bonita Creek and within the Gila River.

Location: PO Box NCA, Highway 70, Safford Arizona 85546 Telephone 520 348-4400 Fax 520 348-4450

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03/01 Coming to The Safford area
Arizona Renaissance Festival Apache Junction AZ March30-31 In addition to village street and pathway events, the Festival has twelve stages of ongoing shows performing every half-hour. From the daily opening ceremony to the closing cannon shot, every Festival minute and every Festival acre is filled with mirth, merriment and marketplace exhibitions.
Marana Main Street Festival Marana AZ April6 Located downtown at Marana Main Street and Civic Center Drive, between the Marana Municipal Complex and the Marana Health Center. There will be: Kids activities, Entertainment, Food, Vendors, Bed races, Concert (Saturday night), Pancake breakfast (Sunday), and RV boondocking (Friday-Sunday).
Prickly Pear Festival Superior AZ August24 The historic copper mining town of Superior hosts a new prickly pear festival featuring a morning “how to pick and juice ‘em” class by Jean Groen.
Tucson Greek Festival Tucson AZ September26-29 Of course, there is live Greek music, dancing, and our exquisite food. But there is even more for you to explore. There are different cooking demonstrations every day so that you can learn to replicate our pastries and delicious meals at home.