The Sierra Vista Ranger District comprises three mountain ranges west of Sierra Vista, Arizona. These ranges are the Huachuca, Patagonia, and Whetstone Mountains. Included in this area is the highest peak in the Huachucas and third highest in Southern Arizona, Miller Peak, and the region of the Huachucas known as Canelo Hills. The district includes the formerly separate Huachuca National Forest.
Each of the three ranges includes miles of trails, campsites, and scenic roads, along with a high amount of biodiversity for the region.
Latitude: 31.4588 Longitude: -110.2563
Counties: Cochise & Santa Cruz
Apache pine (Pinus engelmannii)
Gambel’s oak (Quercus gambelii)
Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa)
Berylline hummingbird (Amazilia beryllina)
Oslar’s eacles (Eacles oslari)
Tyrant flycatchers (Tyrannidae sp.)
Highest Point: Miller Peak: 9,466 ft (2,885 m)
Lowest Point: Providencia Canyon: 3,800 ft (1,152 m)
What To Do
Miller Peak, at 9,470 feet (2,886 m), is the second-highest mountain in Cochise County, Arizona (after Chiricahua Peak). Located approximately 10 miles south of Sierra Vista, Arizona, it is the highest mountain in the Huachuca mountain range and a popular local hiking destination, with several different trails leading to the peak. All hiking trails are rated as moderately strenuous, with roughly 3,500 ft (1,100 m) elevation gain in 9 to 11 miles (14 to 18 km).
The area was affected by the 2011 Monument fire and most of the pine trees seen in older photographs were burned and destroyed. Scrub oak are beginning to replace the areas that were previously covered by pine.
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