Riverview Campground

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

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Aqueduct Road Safford, AZ 85546 928-348-4400 Official Website

GPS: 32.8874, -109.4797

Last Price Paid: $5
Number of Sites: 13
Elevation: 3136 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

1 person has reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Site Quality

Cell Phone Coverage

Verizon 3G
Nightly rate: $5
Days stayed: 9
Site Number: 10

Rayn would stay here again

“Clean and tidy BLM campground; a litle tough to get to”

Reviewed Apr 13, 2016

Overall Rating

First, a major warning about the entrance road: not for the faint of heart! The road from Safford is paved and easy, but just as you enter Gila Box, everything changes. There are multiple steep 15% grades down into tight, blind curves, followed another 15% grade up the other side. Do not attempt this road if you are not confident in the abilities of your brakes or engine. Class A's and Fifth Wheels can make it, but it's a hair-raising trip! The final mile into the campground is graded gravel, with one steep hill just before the first sites.

We stayed at Riverview for 9 days, including Easter weekend. During the weekdays, we mostly had the place to ourselves, and there were even a few spaces open during the holiday weekend. The campground itself is austere desert, but the surrounding riparian area near the Gila River is lush and beautiful. There's hiking trails and old mining roads for hours of walking. We saw all kinds of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, coatimundi, birds and butterflies. Our favorite part was hanging out by the river, a green oasis with sandy areas to play in.

It's definitely remote, with the closest town being about a 45 minute drive away, and extremely spotty internet service. Bring everything you will need for your stay, and enjoy the changing desert sky and 360 degree sunrises and sunsets.

Site Quality
Verizon 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

Quiet time in a Desert Oasis

Some weeks, I feel like I could write a whole book about things we saw, places we went, and stuff we did.  And other weeks, well, we just don’t have all that much going on.  In light of my still swo...

  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • ADA Accessible
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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