The amazing story of the largest man hunt in Arizona history


A short history of The Powers family ranch and Rattlesnake Canyon


The gold claims in Rattlesnake Canyon were first staked by a man known as Black Jack Gardner.  BlackJack discovered the gold by accident rather than scientific discovery. While prospecting in the Galiuro Mountains, he killed a steer and camped out at the top of Rattlesnake Canyon. Two days later, he noticed some cowboys coming his way. He grabbed as much meat as he could and took off into the canyon.

Sierra Ancha Mountains Loop - Cherry Creek Trip Report

A long-awaited trip to the Sierra Ancha Mountains


I was thrilled by our members' positive response about our most recent trip through the Sierra Ancha mountains. The trip had been on my bucket list for months until a last-minute decision and time to spare sent us down the forest road 203 back to Globe. It wasn't part of the plan, but my friend Ryan and I were more than thrilled; we didn't want to go home!

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Engaging Our Community

AZBCE is dedicated to keeping our community informed. We have successfully engaged our community in policy-making decisions that threaten motorized access in Arizona. We take pride in helping shape land-use proposals on Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service lands.

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When nobody else is talking about it, AZBCE is. We believe it's important our community engage in policy decisions that threaten motorized access to our public lands. We publish material through various online and print publications to create awareness about the radical environmental policy facing outdoor recreation.

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