The Superstition Mountains in Arizona got their name for a reason: legend, lore... and a lost gold mine! You may not stumble upon the hidden riches, but we'll show you other Sonoran Desert treasures like petroglyphs, ancient ruins, wildflowers and the beauty of Mother Nature. Hiking in the Superstition Mountains is a great weay to see another side of Arizona, explore the vast acreage of wilderness just outside the hustle and bustle of the Phoenix area.
We like to go hiking and backpacking to Reavis Ranch and Roger's Canyon. Just east of the Phoenix area. Reavis Ranch is a secluded valley in the center of the eastern Superstitions. There's an old abandoned apple orchard that still bears fruit. The Reavis Ranch Superstition Mountain trails follow the path of an old road that was used to access the ranch in the mid 20th century, but certain parts look much more like a rocky trail than a road. Most of the backpacking trip has desert terrain, but you'll also hike through areas shaded by Cottonwood and Sycamore trees.
We can also take you on a 4-wheel drive to Roger's Canyon, which is known for its unique cliff dwellings. These remarkable ruins were once home to a community of ancient Native Americans and look great for their age!
But this is just a couple of the dozens of Superstition Mountain hikes we can arrange for you and your party of adventurers.
*Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon the distances hiked per day.
The day begins with a drive through the Superstitions along Queen Valley Road followed by 13 miles (20.9 km) of dirt road before reaching our trailhead deep in the mountains. Our hike takes us downhill from this point into Rogers Canyon, dropping about 1,000 ft in elevation over 4.5 miles (7.2 km). After setting up camp in Angel’s Basin, we will take a short walk back to a cave, which holds some of the best-preserved Native American cliff dwellings in Arizona.
After breakfast, we hike up Rogers Canyon along the Frog’s Tank trail. We head up toward Windy Pass and eventually into the Reavis Valley. After setting up camp along the Reavis Creek, the group will explore the remains of the old guest ranch, which once thrived in the valley. There are fences, farm equipment and even an apple orchard still on the property. Total hiking distance for the day is 8.1 miles (13 km).
Our camp remains in the Reavis Valley today. After breakfast, we pack up just a day pack for a side hike to the remote Circlestone Ruins. Some experts believe that the stones in this formation are a calendar that was built by Native Americans over 700 years ago. This side hike to the ruins is 5 miles round trip with an 1,160 ft gain in elevation to the site.
We hike out of the valley on the opposite end along the Reavis Creek until we reach Reavis Saddle. We will hike past the grave of Elisha Reavis before we connect back with the Rogers Canyon trail and reach our trailhead. The hike out of the canyon usually takes about 4.5 hours to cover the 6.5 miles (10.5 km) back to the trailhead. We should be back to the vehicle between noon and 2:00 PM depending on our explore time, bringing us back to Phoenix no later than 5 PM.
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We are now safely back home in Atlanta. We had a great time on our backpacking trip and later in Sedona. The backpacking was all we hoped for, and our guide did a great job taking care of us. The food was good, the equipment perfect, and there was nothing that we needed that we didn't have. The campsite locations were spectacular and the solitude at Angel Basin was great. Our guide discussed the routes with us before we headed out, and based on her advice we elected to hike Reavis Ranch first, then back track to Angel Basin on the second day. the hike down and back to Angel Basin was pretty challenging for us so it sounds like this was a wise decision, since it sounds if the other route (Frogs Tanks) is even more difficult. Overall, it was just right and validated our assessment of where we thought we were in terms of conditioning. The only disappointment of the trip was the large amount of trash left at Angel Basin, especially in the woods above the campsite. Makes me want to return with some large Hefty bags and pack it all out., but there will always be those who spoil beautiful wilderness areas. We appreciate the experience, and would be happy to recommend your company to anyone, We would like to make it back to Arizona sometime also. Thanks again for everything.
Gary and Susan M.
Trip Cost Per Person
- Round trip transportation from Phoenix-Metro Area.
- All permits, fees
- All food while on the trail prepared on the trail by your guide.
- All necessary gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, meal kit, trekking poles, headlamp, etc.).
- A certified, medically trained guide that will lead you safely on your journey
- An unforgettable experience!
Our prices do not include guide gratuity (10% to 15% of the tour price is recommended).
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