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Arizona Segments, A-G (Click for segments H-Z)

Attila Bality
National Park Service
Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance
UNM Hibben Center Rm 307
450 University Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 346- 2871 ext 213


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River
County
Reach
Length (miles)
Year Listed/ Updated
Description
Other States
Agua Fria River Yavapai Horseshoe Ranch to Larry Creek Area
15
1993
W
S, W See initial comments  
Agua Fria River Yavapai Sycamore Creek to Horseshoe Ranch
8
1993
S
S, W Perennial with some intermittent reaches. Cottonwood/willow riparian area.  
Aravaipa Creek Graham, Pinal Confluence of Turkey Creek to Hell's Half Acre Canyon
10
1993
W
S, F, W Deep, colorful and incised gorge. Mixed broadleaf riparian area with mesquite bosques.  
Arnett/Telegraph Creeks Pinal Arnett - F.R. 4 to Mid-Sec. 7
2
1993
S
S, O Unique cottonwood/willow riparian community in Sonoran Desert.  
Arnett/Telegraph Creeks Pinal Telegraph - F.R. 4 to Arnett Creek
1
1993
S
S, O See initial comments  
Ash Creek Graham Headwaters to diversion for Cluff Ranch
6
1993
R
S, H, O Perennial, with intermittent reaches. Mixed broadleaf riparian vegetation. Variable rugged steep slopes, deep canyons and falls.  
Barbershop Canyon Coconino Center of Sec. 16, T.21 N., R.11 E. to confluence of E. Clear Creek
10
1993
W
S, F Areas of riparian vegetation. Narrow canyon environment.  
Bear Wallow Creek Greenlee Confluence of No. & So. Forks to Forest boundary
4
1993
W
S, F, O Perennial. Riparian vegetation. Narrow canyon.  
Big Sandy River Mohave Highway 93 downstream to Signal Townsite
19
1993
S
S, F, W Surrounding mountains and cliff features. Extensive riparian habitat important for bald eagle and peregrine falcon.  
Big Sandy River Mohave Signal Townsite to Alamo Lake
9
1993
W
S, F, W See initial comments  
Bill Williams River Mohave/La Paz Boundary West boundary of Rawhide Mountain Wilderness eastern boundary of Swansea Wilderness
5
1993
S
F, W See initial comments  
Bill Williams River Mohave/La Paz Boundary East boundary of Swansea Wilderness to Planet Ranch
6
1993
S
S See initial comments  
Bill Williams River Mohave/La Paz Boundary Alamo Dam to West boundary of Rawhide Mountain Wilderness boundary
10
1993
W
S, F, W One of most important desert riparian ecosystems in AZ. Diversity of vegetation and crucial habitat for bird, fish, and other wildlife.  
Black River Gila, Graham, Apache, Navajo, Greenlee Salt River confluence to confluence of East and West Forks Black River
113
1982
  S, F Sinuous river channel winds through open, low mountains with exposed rock formations and stands of juniper-pinon forests; excellent scenic values with numerous vistas and minimum cultural impact; excellent area to explore, backpack, and hike; high quality trout fishery; provides solitude within a wilderness setting.  
Black River Greenlee/Apache Boundary Confluence of E. & W. Forks to 1/4 mile upstream of Forest Rd. 25 Bridge
12
1982/ 1993
W
S, R, G, F, W, O Perennial. Riparian vegetation. Varied canyon widths.  
Black River Greenlee/Apache Boundary 1/4 mile upstream to 1/4 downstream of FR Bridge
0
1982/ 1993
S
S, R, G, F, W, O See initial comments  
Black River Greenlee/Apache Boundary 1/4 mile downstream of FR 25 Bridge to Forest Service Boundary
8
1982/ 1993
W
S, R, G, F, W, O See initial comments  
Black River, East Fork Apache, Greenlee Black River confluence to source of North Fork of East Fork Black River
26
1982
  S, R Segment includes the North Fork of the East Fork Black River.

Narrow river channel traverses alpine meadows and adjoining forest lands; portions of segment provide outstanding scenery with very little man-made interference; lower half of river is heavily used for recreation with considerable use by fishermen.

 
Black River, East Fork Apache Diamond Rock Campground to confluence with West Fork Black River
8
1982/ 1993
R
S, R, F, W, H See initial comments  
Black River, East Fork Apache Crosby Crossing to Diamond Rock Campground
10
1982/ 1993
S
S, R, F, W, H Perennial. Riparian vegetation. Canyon width varies.  
Black River, West Fork Apache Forest Boundary to Forest Road 116
3
1993
S
S, R, F, H Perennial. Mixed Conifer and Alder/Willow riparian area. Alpine meadows and narrow canyons.  
Black River, West Fork Apache Forest Road 116 to West Fork campground
7
1993
W
C, O See initial comments  
Black River, West Fork Apache West Fork campground to East Fork Black River
4
1993
R
R, F, H See initial comments  
Blue River Greenlee Campbell Blue River from Hwy 666/191 to Luce Ranch
4
1993
S
S, F, W, O Perennial.  
Blue River Greenlee Smith Place to confluence with San Francisco River
30
1993
S
S, R, F, W, H, C, O Perennial. Partially within Blue Range Primitive Area.  
Blue River Greenlee Above Luce Ranch through Smith Place
19
1993
R
S, R, F, W, H, C, O Perennial. Partially within Blue Range Primitive Area.  
Bonita Creek Graham San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation to confluence with Gila River
15
1993
R
R, F, W, O Variable canyon width with incised reaches. Mixed broadleaf riparian area with short stretches of mesquite bosque.  
Boucher Creek Coconino Entire segment within Grand Canyon National Park
2
1993
W
S, R, G, F Free-flowing stream through Vishnu Schist, and other older precambrian rocks, creating a series of waterfalls, pools and habitat for variety of aquatic wildlife. Extensively hiked.  
Burro Creek Mohave Scratch Canyon to Upper Burro Creek Wilderness Area
14
1993
W
S, R, G, F, W, C Broad river valley and narrow canyons. Mesquite and cottonwood/willow riparian area. Perennial with intermittent stretches.  
Burro Creek Mohave Wilderness boundary near Boulder Creek to Six Mile Crossing
7
1993
R
S, R, G, F, W, C See initial comments  
Burro Creek Mohave Six Mile Crossing to Highway 93
9
1993
W
S, R, G, F, W, C See initial comments  
Burro Creek Mohave Highway 93 to Big Sandy River
14
1993
S
S, R, G, F, W, C See initial comments  
Burro Creek Mohave Portion with Upper Burro Creek Wilderness
8
1993
W
S, R, G, F, W, C    
Canada del Oro Pinal, Pima (Upper) Headwaters to 1/4 mile south of road 736
6
1993
W
S Riparian vegetation scattered along entire length. Rugged, rough, variable canyon.  
Canada del Oro Pinal, Pima (Lower) 1/4 mile south of road 736 to Forest Boundary
3
1993
R
S See initial comments  
Canyon Creek Gila Canyon Creek Spring to Fort Apache Reservation boundary
5
1993
R
W, O Pleasant perennial stream in timber country.  
Cave Creek, South Fork Cochise (Upper) Headwaters to Wilderness Boundary
6
1993
W
S, R, G, W, O Highly diverse flora/fauna, spectacular spires, caves, cliffs, and arches. Narrow deep canyon. Internationally recognized birding spot.  
Cave Creek, South Fork Cochise (Lower) Wilderness Boundary to Cave Creek confluence
1
1993
S
S, R, G, W, O See initial comments  
Cherry Creek Gila F.R. 329 to Billy Lawrence Creek
18
1993
W
S, F, W Narrow Canyon just north and east of Sierra Ancha Wilderness.  
Cherry Creek Gila Billy Lawrence Creek to Ellison Ranch
7
1993
S
S, F, W See initial comments  
Chevelon Canyon Navajo, Coconino Little Colorado River confluence to Chevelon Canyon Dam
62
1982
  S, W The stream cuts a scenic, steep, twisting canyon through coniferous forests, evergreen woodland and plains-grassland formations--giving rise to a varied mosaic of vegetation communities and unusual habitats. Chevelon Canyon, with its variety of plant and animal species, has been identified as a potential natural landmark. Native to the creek is the Little Colorado River spinedace L. vittata, a minnow of limited distribution in Arizona. A recreation fishery for trout is located in the upper reaches.  
Chevelon Canyon Coconino, Navajo Chevelon Lake Dam North to Forest Boundary
16
1982/ 1993
S
S, G, F, O Largely perennial; will pool during very dry summers. Riparian vegetation. Deep, narrow canyon.  
Chitty Creek Greenlee Headwaters to East Eagle Creek
7
1993
W
S, R, W Maple covered canyons.  
Chuar Creek Coconino Entire segment within Grand Canyon National Park
4
1993
W
G Crosses younger precambrian rocks, exposed by Butte Fault.  
Cienega Creek Santa Cruz, Pima Headwaters to the Narrows
10
1993
S
F    
Cima (Winn Falls) Creek and Lower Cave Creek Cochise (Cima Creek) Headwaters to Wilderness Boundary
2
1993
W
S, R, G, F, W, H, O Waterfalls, variable deep canyon and large escarpments. Mixed broadleaf riparian vegetation from conifer down to mesquite.  
Cima (Winn Falls) Creek and Lower Cave Creek Cochise (Lower) Wilderness Boundary to Forest Boundary (near Portal)
7
1993
R
S, R, G, F, W, H, O See initial comments  
Clear Creek Coconino Entire segment within Grand Canyon National Park
4
1993
W
S, R, G, F Free-flowing stream through Vishnu Schist, and other older precambrian rocks, creating a series of waterfalls, pools, and habitat for variety of aquatic wildlife. Extensively hiked.  
Clear Creek, East Coconino Crossing of Forest Road 96 north to Forest Boundary
25
1993
S
S, F Areas of riparian vegetation.  
Clear Creek, West Yavapai, Coconino Clear Creek Campground in Sec. 18, T13N, R6E to Clover Creek confluence
32
1982
  S, G One of Arizona's most rugged and pristine streams; steep-walled, red sandstone canyons are geologically distinct; unique multi-layered riparian vegetation; access is extremely limited; good quality rainbow and brown trout fishery.  
Clear Creek, West Coconino, Yavapai Headwaters, Sec. 14, T.13 N., R.9 E. to Wilderness boundary
29
1982/ 1993
W
S, R, W, O Narrow canyon.  
Clear Creek, West Yavapai Wilderness boundary to dispersed camping area Clear Creek C.G.
7
1982/ 1993
S
S, R, W, O Broad river valley.  
Colorado River Mohave, Coconino Paria Riffle (RM 1) to 237-Mile Rapid in Grand Canyon National Park
236
1982/ 1993
W
S, R, G, F, W, H, C Offers a beautifully layered record covering nearly 2 billion years of geologic time. Passes through three of North America's four deserts. One of world's premier white-water rafting rivers.  
Colorado River Mojave, Coconino Lake Mead to Glen Canyon Dam
228
1982
  S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O Flows through Grand Canyon Natinal Park; magnificent multi-colored gorges and vistas spanning miles are world famous; heavy recreation use by river rafters and sports-fishermen; unique geology of river canyon is world famous; three fish species on rare and endangered lists; riparian habitat supports great variety of birdlife and large reptilian populations; at least 14 archaeological sites present; area is under extensive scientific research and is constantly used as an educational resource.  
Colorado River Mojave, San Bernadino (CA) Upper end Lake Havasu (Blankenship Bend) to Interstate Highway 40 bridge crossing in Topock
11
1982
  S,R,W,O Pristine stretch flows through scenic Topock Gorge and Havasu National Wildlife Refuge; outstanding scenery with premium quality riparian habitat; excellent opportunities for bird observation in fall/winter; may provide habitat for endangered Colorado squawfish, bonytail and razorback sucker; very popular river for a variety of boating activities.
CA
Colorado River Yuma (AZ), Imperial (CA) Gaging station below Cibola Lake to Martinez Lake (Fishers Landing)
31
1982
  S, R, W, O Traverses Cibola and Imperial National Wildlife refuges and Picacho State Recreation Area; high quality riparian habitat with excellent wildlife values; Picacho area is especially scenic; canoeing is excellent on this segment; one of few remaining unchanneled stretches of lower Colorado River.
CA
Crystal Creek Coconino Entire segment within Grand Canyon National Park
4
1993
W
S, R, G, F Free-flowing stream through Vishnu Schist, and other older precambrian rocks, creating a series of waterfalls, pools, and habitat for variety of aquatic wildlife. Extensively hiked.  
Deer Creek Coconino Entire segment within Grand Canyon National Park
1
1993
W
S, G Highly visible water fall at its confluence with Colorado River. Very popular pools.  
Eagle Creek Greenlee, Graham Gila River confluence to confluence with Dry Prong and East Eagle Creek
58
1982
  S, W, O Sinuous gravel channel flows through rugged canyons with vertical walls and high rock formations; highly scenic canyon supports excellent riparian habitat; unusual species and diversity of raptors, high densities of black hawks and golden eagles; known nesting habitat for the peregrine falcon (endangered species).  
Eagle Creek Greenlee, Graham Headwaters to Sheep Wash
26
1982/ 1993
R
F, W Perennial.  
Fish Creek Greenlee Forest Road 24 to Black River
10
1993
S
R, F Perennial. Riparian vegetation. Deep canyon.  
Fossil Creek Gila Below A.P.S. dam to Mazatzal Wilderness boundary
7
1993
R
G, F, W, H, O Intermittant in upper reach. Large narrow canyon. Special areas of geologic and historic interest.  
Fossil Creek Gila Mazatzal Wilderness boundary to Verde Wild River Area boundary
7
1993
W
G, F, W, H, O See initial comments  
Francis Creek Mohave Public land boundary to confluence of Burro Creek
11
1993
R
S, F, W Perennial; Cottonwood/willow riparian area; Narrow canyon.  
Gila River Pinal, Gila Hayden-Winkelman Tailings Pond to Coolidge Dam
32
1982
  S, G, O River flows swiftly through a narrow canyon; spectacular gorge in upper portion with steep cliffs and distinctive geologic strata; dense riparian vegetation along river bottom with a minimum of cultural development.  
Gila River Grant, Hidalgo From San Carlos Reservoir in AZ confluence with East and West Forks of the Gila River
255
1982
  S, G, F, W, C River flows through Gila Wilderness and Gila National Forest; Red Rock Cliff area has been identified as significant by New Mexico Natural Areas inventory; area possesses tremendous wildlife diversity including State endangered species and the richest avifauna of any riparian system in New Mexico; river provides habitat for Gila trout, a federally endangered species.
NM
Gila River Graham, Greenlee Northeast corner, Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 28 East to Northeast corner, Section 3, Township 6 South, Range 30 East
26
1982
  S, G, W River flows through a steep-walled canyon within the Gila Box area; this region possesses spectacular geology with diverse, variegated strata; Gila Box offers unexcelled habitat for birds of prey including the endangered bald eagle; the undeveloped canyon exhibits outstanding scenic qualities.  
Gila River (Gila Box) Greenlee, Graham Sec. 3 (Guthrie), T.6 S., R.30 E. to Sec. 26, T.5 S., R.29 E.
7
1982/ 1993
S
S, R, G, F, W, C, O Steep cliffs, colorful bluffs, and deep canyons. Riparian vegetation which is uncommon in southwest enhances wildlife. Popular rafting and canoeing area.  
Gila River (Gila Box) Greenlee, Graham Sec. 26, T.5 S., R.29 E. to Sec. 22, T.6 S., R.28 E.
15
1982/ 1993
W
S, R, G, F, W, C, O See initial comments  
Gila River (Gila Box) Greenlee, Graham Sec. 22, T.6 S., R.28 E. to Sec. 29, T.6 S., R.28 E. (Brown's Canal)
4
1982/ 1993
S
S, R, G , F, W, C, O See initial comments  
Gila River (Middle) Gila, Pinal Coolidge Dam to Hook & Line Ranch (Sec. 24, T.3 S., R.17 E.)
6
1982/ 1993
R
S, G, F, W Cuts through Mescal Mts. forming deep and narrow gorge then passes through open terrain. Wintering bald eagle habitat.  
Gila River (Middle) Gila, Pinal Hook & Line Ranch to Little Ash Creek
12
1982/ 1993
W
S, G, F, W See initial comments  
Gila River (Middle) Gila, Pinal Little Ash Creek to East edge of Hayden-Winkleman Tailing Ponds
14
1982/ 1993
R
S, G, F, W See initial comments  
Grant Creek Graham Headwater to diversion 0.75 miles from Forest Boundary
5
1993
R
S, O Broadleaf riparian vegetation up to mixed conifer series. Rugged, variable steep slopes and falls.