The Chiricahua Mountains rise above desert grasslands in the far southeastern corner of Arizona and harbor a unique mix of Sierra Madrean and Southwestern flora and fauna. Fractured volcanic rock forms fanciful shapes, best seen at Chiricahua National Monument in the northwest. Much of the central area, crowned by 9,796-foot Chiricahua Peak, lies within the Chiricahua Wilderness. Roads enter the mountains at many places, but the most dramatic approach crosses the range via 7,600-foot Onion Saddle, reached by Pinery Canyon in the west and Cave Creek Canyon in the east; this route is unpaved and usually closes in winter. At Onion Saddle, a road turns south and climbs to 8,400 feet at Rustler Park, the highest campground and trailhead in the Chiricahuas. Cave Creek Canyon has dramatic cliffs and excellent birding; you'll find a visitor center, picnic areas, and several campgrounds in this remote yet popular place.

 
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Address:
120 miles southeast of Tucson
Douglas Ranger District, 1192 West Saddleview Rd.
Douglas, Arizona 85607
Parking: Always open, weather permitting
Price: Day pass $5 , week pass $10


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 520-364-3468
Fax: 520-364-6667
Transportation: Car
Neighborhood: southeast corner of Arizona
Price Information: Day pass $5 , week pass $10
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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