Aravaipa Creek

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For the wilderness area, see Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness.
Aravaipa Creek
Aravaipa Creek in Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness
Country United States
State Arizona
Region Aravaipa Valley
((northeast)-Sonoran Desert)
Municipality Graham County, Arizona
Borders on Galiuro Mountains-NW & SW
Santa Teresa Mountains-NE
Pinaleno Mountains-SE
(The Tablelands &
Mescal Mountains-NW)
City Mammoth, AZWinkelman, AZ
Coordinates 32°50′7″N 110°19′56″W / 32.83528°N 110.33222°W / 32.83528; -110.33222Coordinates: 32°50′7″N 110°19′56″W / 32.83528°N 110.33222°W / 32.83528; -110.33222
central Aravaipa Valley & Creek
site of Klondyke, Arizona
Basin countries Gila River
Length 55 mi (89 km)
Source elevation 8,889 ft (2,709 m) above sea level

Aravaipa Creek is a major drainage between three mountain ranges in southeast Graham County, Arizona. It is located on the north and northeast perimeter of the Galiuro Mountains massif as it flows northwest then southeast through and around the range's north end to meet the San Pedro River. It drains northwest through the narrow, fault-blocked Aravaipa Valley. The Santa Teresa Mountains border the narrow canyon and valley northeast. The origin of Aravaipa Creek lies southeast in the high altitude Madrean Sky Island range of the sky island Pinaleno Mountains.

The origin is in on the southwest flank of the northern Pinaleno Mountains, at Durkee Canyon, and Blue Peak at 8,889 feet (2,709 m).[1]

Aravaipa Canyon at the north end of the Galiuro's contain the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness. The creek goes northwest then southeast through the canyon and downstream about 9 miles (14 km) to meet the San Pedro River, and Arizona State Route 77.

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  1. ^ Arizona Road and Recreation Atlas, p. 82-83.

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