Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area (RNCA), where the San Francisco River and Eagle Creek join the Gila River, within this 23,000 acre desert oasis, is one of the only two Riparian National Conservation Areas in the nation. Exploration of this area provides views of cliff dwellings, wildlife, historical buildings and Indian writings. And, most likey, this is the three-river area Geronimo spoke of when referencing his birthplace. Scenic drives can be enjoyed traveling this well-maintained Byway access road, along with many 4WD roads along the way. The perennial creeks, rivers and riparian vegetation of mesquite, cottonwoods, sycamores and willows make this a cool year-round desert oasis. Primitive camping in areas within the Gila Box RNCA is not permitted. Visit for up-to-date information. Access the Gila Box RNCA from 3-Way, heading north on US 191, by turning west on the Black Hills Byway.