About the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

The 23,000-acre Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area protects four perennial waterways—a rare oasis in the desert. The region is home to a very special riparian ecosystem abounding with plant and animal diversity, including 200 species of birds. Best known for its rafting, kayaking and canoeing opportunities, visitors to the conservation area can also enjoy hiking, fishing and hunting, watching bighorn sheep scramble around 1,000-ft cliffs, and viewing historic cabins and prehistoric rock art and cliff dwellings.