The name Cochise evokes strength and resilience. You may even experience the same feelings when you explore this Southern Arizona campground, named for the famous Apache Indian leader.
The woodland area lies within a magnificent, rugged canyon that was once Cochise’s stronghold, a refuge against enemies for him and his band of followers. Gaze up at the granite domes and sheer cliffs and imagine yourself transported back in time, using these for protection. It’s an unforgettable view.
During your visit, explore one of the nearby trails. The Cochise Indian Trail leads from the East Cochise Stronghold Campground down into the West Stronghold Canyon, and is approximately 5 miles one way. The Interpretive Trail is a short loop of approximately 0.12 miles, full of information about the Stronghold area, Cochise, and his descendants. The Nature Trail is a self-guided 0.4-mile trail with some climbing. Need a rest? Sit on one of the strategically-placed benches and admire this place of beauty and Arizona history.
You don’t have to leave as the sun goes down. Follow Cochise’s example and stay awhile at one of several campsites, by pitching a tent or bringing along your RV. The campsites offer shade from beautiful oak trees, and diverse vegetation which includes plants of the Upper Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts. If you’d rather hike for just the day, you’ll find indoor accommodations in nearby Willcox.
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Hiking/Day Use: $5/day
Douglas Ranger District
1192 W. Saddleview Rd.
Douglas, AZ 85607