Reavis Ranch/ Roger's Canyonprint
The Reavis Ranch/Roger's Canyon backpacking trip is ripe with history - ancient and not so ancient. It is a secluded valley in the center of the eastern Superstitions once inhabited by the Salado Indians over 700 years ago and then by Elisha Reavis to establish a farm in 1874. Evidence of both still exist in the area - a 700 year old ruin so well preserved that looks barely 20 years old, evidence of Reavis' Ranch and 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. This Arizona backpacking trip will start you in lower desert terrain to high desert meadows lined by Cottonwood and pine trees.
*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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I did the five days. I had to give this trip 5 stars due to there was no way to enter 7 stars. Dallan was an outstanding guide. Helped me in so many ways. I really want to thank them for doing this trip. I was the only hiker and no other company would run a tri with a single hiker. Beautiful country and saw ancient Native American ruins. Food was outstanding. Beautiful car trip in and out. Read their entire web site and when you are done read it again. You go into trips with certain expectations and this trip met and exceeded all my expectations. Sign up and do this trip. Thank you to every person that works for this company.
I gave this a trip a five due to that was what was offered. I did the five day trip and my rating is a 7. Thank you to my guide Dallan and he was outstanding. The drive in and out was awe inspiring. The backpacking was awe inspiring. Thank you for everything. I was the only participant on this trip. No other adventure company would run a trip with a single participant. The scenery on this trip was beautiful. I saw numerous different plants and even walked through a pine forest. Awesome ruins also. Read everything on the website and then read everything on the website. By far this company has the best website. Train hard and then train harder. Thank you Dallan. He gave me so much helpful advice and will help on future trips. Outstanding food. Take this trip. May I try that again? Take this trip now!
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.
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- Round trip transportation from the Fairfield Inn Scottsdale North (Phoenix area).
- All permits, fees and taxes.
- All food while on the trail prepared on the trail by your guide.
- Snacks, water and electrolyte replacement drinks.
- Double occupancy tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, trekking poles. A single tent is available for an additional $50.
- A certified, medically trained guide that will lead you safely on your journey
- An unforgettable experience!
Our prices do not include guide gratuity ($25-$35 per person per day is recommended).
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