Arizona Sonoran Desert Backpacking Adventures

Arizona Sonoran Backpacking adventures offer some of the most fun hiking and exploring to be found.  The Grand Canyon State is also the home of the "5 C's":  Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, and Climate.  Our adventures here take advantage of all of those, exploring the rich natural and cultural history that makes Arizona and its Sonoran Desert such a wonderful, wild, spectacular, and somewhat mysterious place.  Feel free to ​ contact us with any questions, or to create your own Arizona Sonoran BaseCamp adventure.  Check out our Trip Calendar to see all of our great trips!

  The Heart of Rocks

  Superstition Gold

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superstition mountains hiking and backpacking

The Heart of Rocks, also known as The Standing Rocks in Chiricahaua National Monument is truly a sight to behold, and gives a wonderful look into the intense volcanism that has shaped this land over the last several million years.  As spectacular as it is unique, this trip will surely give memories to last a lifetime, and certainly some new "friends" (standing rock friends) that will grace your photos

Duration:  4 days
Skill Level:   Graduate
Cost:  $1050/person

The story of The Lost Dutchman and his supposed mother lode discovery of gold in the Superstition Mountains in the late 1800's has long intrigued visitors and treasure hunters alike, but his discovery remains a secret.  What is not a secret is that the Superstitions are intensely scenic and beautiful, and a wonderful respite for adventure and gold seekers in tandem.

Duration:  4 days
Skill Level:   Graduate
​Cost:  $1150/person
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  Sonoran Desert National Monument

  Aravaipa Canyon

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aravaipa canyon hiking and backpacking

Hidden among the vast forest of the ubiquitous Saguaro, the symbol of the American Southwest, are the faults and volcanoes that have shaped this region to the tremendous beauty you will behold.  This rugged country is sure to bring you wonderful memories, photos, and a new appreciation for the sculpting power of Mother Nature.


Duration:  3 days
Skill Level:   Undergraduate +
​Cost:  $850/person

Potentially the biggest surprise in Arizona is when one comes to our wondrous desert and finds a lush, magnificent canyon with some of the most fantastic geologic formations and intimate canyon views they could conceive.  That is Aravaipa Canyon, a jewel of the Sonoran Desert, and an adventure for which there are few equals.

Duration:  3 days
Skill Level:   Undergraduate +
Cost:  $950/person
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  Granite Creek Canyon


Stashed among the rolling hills and sweeping desert views near Prescott, Arizona lies a canyon 1.4 billion years in the making.  Granite Creek, a tributary of the Verde River, has carved this intensely beautiful canyon over the last several million years, slicing through the metamorphic rock and creating a place of wonder, whimsy, and solitude.  Owls, Eagles, and wild backcountry adventure await you in this little-known treasure.  Optional technical rock climbing is available on this trip.

Duration:  4 days
Skill Level:   Undergraduate + to Professor
Cost:  $1050/person
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