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Arizona whitewater, Blue River

Greenlee county, Blue Crossing to Forest Service Road 475 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     34 miles
  The natural beauty of Greenlee County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. The put-in is not too far from Safford, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This stretch of Blue River in Arizona is 34 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The average
    Arizona whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. Getting some good exercise and just
hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. Now this is a pretty long section, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Blue Crossing to Forest Service Road 475 section is one of them. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you won't find many other paddling places. The nearby hotels are a bit away  
from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The wild scenery of the San Francisco Mountains is great.

Briefly about the general area:
Horsehead Spring is a pretty site to go to while you're at Blue River. If you're here, you might as well stop at Ladrone Canyon; there's glorious hiking along the Stray Horse Canyon Trail Twenty. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. A short visit to Ladron Spring is always worthwhile, and Blue River is a spot with many visitors from Blue. Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is worth visiting if you're at Blue River, and nice hiking is available along the Blue River One Hundred One Trail.

Blue River, Blue Crossing to Forest Service Road 475 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Blue River.
 Whitewater Near Blue River:
Blue River, Greenlee County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 34 miles long (Blue Crossing to Forest Service Road 475)
San Francisco River, Greenlee County, 21 miles away
      Class -blank- - 40 miles long (Alma to Clifton)
Black River - East Fork, Apache County, 22 miles away
      Class -blank- - 18 miles long (Diamond Rock to Wildcat Point)
Black River - & East Fork, Apache County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 90 miles long (Below Wildcat Point)
San Francisco River, Catron County, 25 miles away
      Class II - 40 miles long (Lower San Francisco Hot Springs to Clifton Arizona)
 Ski Areas Near Blue River:
Sunrise Park, Arizona , 39 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 65 runs
 Hotels Near Blue River:
Best Western Sunrise Inn, Eagar , 38 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Springerville, Springerville , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blue River:
Highway 191 Dispersed, Blue, 9 miles away
Stray Horse Campground, Greenlee County, 10 miles away
Blue Crossing Campground, Greenlee County, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Blue River:
Blue River One Hundred One Trail, Greenlee , 2 miles away, 21.7 hiking miles, 3112 feet elevation difference
Stray Horse Canyon Trail Twenty, Greenlee , 4 miles away,  13.6 hiking miles, 894 feet elevation difference
Raspberry Trail Thirty-five, Greenlee , 6 miles away, 8.1 hiking miles, 3036 feet elevation difference
Lengthy Canyon Trail Eighty-nine, Greenlee , 7 miles away,  4.4 hiking miles, 1277 feet elevation difference
Little Blue Creek Forty-one Trail, Greenlee , 8 miles away,  17.8 hiking miles, 1688 feet elevation difference
Steeple Mesa Seventy-Three Trail, Greenlee , 8 miles away, 14.6 hiking miles, 2887 feet elevation difference
Red Mountain Twenty-five Trail, Greenlee , 9 miles away,  13.4 hiking miles, 1871 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Blue River:
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona , 13 miles away

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