If you enjoy outdoor activities, Cochise County has loads of sunshine, miles of hiking trails, expanses of open range and beautiful sky islands. Birds migrate through its outdoor recreation. Plus, state and national parks, national forest service stops, and national wildlife refuges. Cochise County's legendary outdoors is calling.
Lace up your boots and head out into the Land of Legends for some great hiking. Mountain ranges include the Dragoons, Mules, Whetstones, Chiricahuas, Huachucas, Peloncillo, Perilla, Dos Cabezas and Swisshelms. You can also hike in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, the Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Area and Ramsey Canyon Preserve.
CHIRICAHUA NATIONAL MONUMENT
With 15 trail combinations, the Chiricahua National Monument offers hours of outdoor recreation. See the Chiricahua National Monument Trail Guide for more information on hiking in the “Land of the Standing up Rocks.” You can also hike 1.5 miles into Fort Bowie, now a national historic site. It was the site of the Bascom Affair, which sparked the Indian Wars. Interpretive signs along the hike tell about the graveyard, a natural spring and the Butterfield Overland Stage. Fort Bowie’s adobe remains are still visible at the trail’s end, where a visitor center is located.
Cochise Stronghold is a collection of granite boulders in the Dragoon Mountains that Apache leader Cochise and his men used as a natural fortress. Take the 4.5 mile Cochise Stronghold hike over the Stronghold Divide to meet the West Stronghold Canyon trailhead. The hike is moderately strenuous. For more information, consult the Douglas Ranger district of the Coronado National Forest.
The Arizona Trail is a rugged trail that is more than 800 miles long. It starts at the Mexican border and goes north to the border of Utah. The first 21 miles are in Sierra Vista’s Huachuca Mountains in Sierra Vista.
You’ll find Silver Peak Trail in the Chiricahua Mountains. Access this trail from the town of Portal.
To find more hiking trails in Cochise County, look for trails in the Douglas and Sierra Vista ranger districts on the hiking page of the Coronado National Forest website.