Superstition Mountains - Reavis Ranch

Visiting the Home of the Gardner of the Sups

The Superstition Mountains hold many secrets.  It's the historical stomping grounds of native peoples through milennia. In recent history it also became home to Elisha Reavis, or the "Gardner of the Superstitions".  Over time, thousands of people have ventured into the Superstitions to escape the summer heat in the Valley.

Today, the Superstition Mountains are as wild and untamed as they once were.  This adventure will take us into the heart of Reavis Ranch as well as a visit to an ancient ruin.  Relax by campfire as your guides entertain you with stories of the natives, Elisha Reavis, the old cabin and the Legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine.

Duration:  3 days/2nights

Departs:  Old Town Scottsdale @ 6:30am on Day 1

Includes:  Round-trip transportation from Scottsdale, all permits & entry fees, skilled guide(s), meals (lunch day 1 thru lunch day 3), kitchen & group gear (cooking utensils, stove, fuel, water filter, food storage, dish washing necessities), personal mess-kit (bowl, mug, fork, spoon).

Not-Included:  Personal insurance and expenses; Pre- or post-trip lodging; Airfare to and from Scottsdale, AZ; Airport transfers; Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 3; Sleeping bag, Sleeping pad, Backpack, Tent (rentals available); Trekking poles (complimentary upon request).

Cost:  $495/person
Price is based on shared occupancy.  Solo occupancy upgrade available for an additional $25/person +tax; A $250/person deposit is required to hold your reservation on any trip. The balance is due 30 days prior to your trip departure date.  Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure.

Skill level:  Advanced - Guests will need the ability to hike on established trails with noticeable elevation change over uneven natural surfaces for up to 10 miles per day. The group will move at a 2 to 3 mph pace with breaks.  The physical exertion on this adventure is considerable on the way up and a good base level of fitness is required.

Notes:  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  All backpacking tours are group tours; minimum 2 guests.  Please inquire for available dates.  Private backpacking tours are available for an additional fee.  

Trip Itinerary


Reavis Ranch in the Superstition Mountains is an incredible desert oasis of Arizona. A visit here is worth at least one or two nights so you can get the full backcountry hiking experience. Our professional and WFR certified guides will make this a trip worth remembering.


Today you will meet your guides and fellow travelers at our host hotel in Scottsdale. After brief introductions, we will load into our van and transfer to the Roger's Trough trail heas where we will begin our backpacking trip. Your guide will distribute any rental gear and give a safety briefing and then we start our hike! The route into Reavis Ranch begins on an established undulating trail.  There will be various dry-creekbed crossings so sturdy shoes or hiking boots are required.  We'll take breaks along the way, finally topping out at about 4500'.  We'll cruise into camp and relax around the campfire and enjoy a delicious guide-prepared meal around the campfire with your new adventure companions.

  • Hiking: 6.5 miles
  • Meals: breakfast on your own, lunch and dinner provided
  • Lodging: Backcountry campsite


We'll wake to the sounds of song birds cutting through the slience.  We'll enjoy coffee and breakfast as a group around the campfire before se set out on today's adventure - Circle Stone.  Like a crown resting atop an indomitable and unbroken mountain wilderness, this ruin forms a near perfect circle 140 feet across. Although not the showiest of ruins left behind by the ancients; the size, and location beg the questions as to who built it, and for what purpose.

  • Hiking: 7-10 miles
  • Meals: All meals
  • Lodging: Backcountry campsite


We rise once again to the calming sounds of Reavis Creek. We’ll enjoy breakfast and coffee as we break camp and begin the journey back to the trailhead. Even though this is an out-and-back hike it will seem like a different route as we head downhill (mostly) and view the route from a different perspective. Once back at the trailhead, we will load back into our van and head back to Phoenix while reminiscing about our shared adventure in an incredible Arizona desert oasis.

  • Hiking: 6.5 Miles
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included, Dinner on your own
  • Lodging: On your own

Note about itinerary changes: We do our best to operate each trip as closely as possible to the published itinerary, however there are sometimes forces outside of our control that could require us to make adjustments to the operations of a trip. These include but are not limited to weather, natural disasters, road closures, park closures, campsite availability, emergency guest illness or injury.


Request Information

Backpacking is a very challenging endeavor and each route will require a certain level of fitness, capability and in some cases, experience.  Our goal is to ensure that you do not get in over your head to the extent it requires an evacuation.  Our staff is eager to work with you to put together the adventure that's best for you and your group.


Cell service & Electricity: While backpacking in the Superstitions, you will not have cell phone service, you should expect to be unreachable by phone. There is no electricity available. Bring a portable battery to charge your phone for photos.

Bathrooms/Showers: During this trip we will not have access to showers or bathrooms. We will use a WAG Bag system to pack out our waste and ensure we Leave No Trace.

Hiking & Terrain - This backpacking trip requires that you carry all you need and a portion of the group gear on your back. Expect to carry about 35-50lbs in your backpack. We will be hiking in and out of Aravaipa Creek over slippery rocks, your feet will be unavoidably wet, and sand will get in your shoes. Trekking poles are very helpful on this trip and gaiters are a must.

Age & Group Size

  • Minimum Age: 14
  • Max Group Size: 10

2019 DATES

  • Tours are available March & April, and October & November, depending on permit availability.  We'll need at least 3-months advance notice to secure USFS permits.


All cancellations must be made in writing via email or fax. Cancellation fees abide by the following schedule:
-91 or more days prior: Full refund for all trips
-61 to 90 days prior: Forfeit of deposit (30%)
-31 to 60 days prior: 50% of trip cost
-0 to 30 days prior: 100% of trip cost (no refund)





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