The Douglas Ranger District comprises three mountain ranges north and east of Douglas, Arizona. These ranges are the Chiricahua, Dragoon, and Peloncillo Mountains. A portion of the Ranger District in the Peloncillos extends into New Mexico as well. The district comprises three formerly separate national forests: Chiricahua National Forest, Dragoon National Forest and Peloncillo National Forest, all combined into the Coronado National Forest.
The district surrounds Chiricahua National Monument, which is managed by the National Park Service.
Latitude: 31.8465 Longitude: -109.2915
Counties: Cochise, Graham & Greenlee
Arizona sycamore (Platanus wrightii)
Johann’s pine (Pinus johannis)
Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca)
Chiricahua leopard frog (Lithobates chiricahuensis Syn. Rana chiricahuensis)
Elegant trogon (Trogon elegans)
Highest Point: Chiricahua Peak: 9,759 ft (2,975 m)
Lowest Point: Left Hand Canyon: 3,440 ft (1,050 m)
What To Do
Cochise Stronghold offers several incredible recreational opportunities, interwoven with historical sites and nearby ghost towns. It is located to the west of Sunsites, Arizona in the Dragoon Mountains at an elevation of 5,000 ft. The Cochise Indian Trail allows for hiking and equestrian activities, while campgrounds allow for camping, picnicking, and RV rest stops. An Interpretive Trail, roughly 0.2 miles, also contains information on the history of the Stronghold as a refuge for the Apache Chief Cochise and his people.
The area is also well-known for birding opportunities and several areas for rock climbing.
from Tucson, AZ
Cave Creek CanyonArizona's Yosemite
“Cave Creek Canyon is located on the east side of the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona. With the base of the Chiricahuas at about 3,600 feet (1,100 meters (m)), the range includes approximately 6,000 feet (1,800 m) of elevation change. Grasslands and desert cover the base of the range, with Ponderosa Pine and Douglas fir at the highest elevations.
Wrapped around the always-flowing Cave Creek, Cave Creek Canyon is considered by many to be the crown jewel of this magnificent mountain range. It is the largest and most biologically diverse canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains. It is a favorite haunt of bird watchers and nature lovers, and is the home of the American Museum of Natural History’s Southwestern Research Station and the small communities of Portal and Paradise.” – Friends of Cave Creek Canyon
174 miles from Tucson, AZ