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Arizona whitewater, Gila River

Greenlee county, Virden to US Route 666 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 
  The scenic beauty of Arizona and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Arizona are often more challenging than in other states, so don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. The put-in location is a short drive from Safford, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. And of course, there are campgrounds
    nearby. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Virden
to US Route 666 section is one of them. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other spots for that. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. Now this is a pretty long section, perfect for a real wilderness adventure.

Briefly about the general area:
Not much precipitation falls here at Gila River. Of all
 
the months in a year July is the one with the most rain while April is mostly the driest month. High temperatures at Gila River through the summertime are in the 90's. Summer overnight lows fall down to the 70's. During the winter this place gets highs in the 50's, and nighttime lows in the 30's for Gila River.

Gila River, Virden to US Route 666 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Gila River.
 Whitewater Near Gila River:
Gila River, Greenlee County, 18 miles away
      Class -blank- - 53 miles long (Virden to US Route 666)
 Ski Areas Near Gila River:
Sunrise Park, Arizona , 73 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 65 runs
 Hotels Near Gila River:
Comfort Inn & Suites Safford, Safford , 32 miles away
Days Inn Safford, Safford , 32 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Safford , 32 miles away
Economy Inn Safford, Safford , 33 miles away
BEST WESTERN Desert Inn, Safford , 34 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gila River:
Valley View Mobile Home and RV, Duncan, 8 miles away
Stephens RV Park, Duncan, 10 miles away
Payson Campground, Payson, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gila River:
Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Willcox - AZ , 37 miles away
Chiricahua National Monument, Willcox - AZ , 52 miles away
Roper Lake State Park, Arizona , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gila River:
Greenlee Country Club, Duncan , 7 miles away

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