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ARIZONA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
COCHISE STRONGHOLD NATIONAL MONUMENT
CORONADO NATIONAL FOREST
DRAGOON MOUNTAINS
LATITUDE: N 3156.539
LONGITUDE: W 10957.608
ELEVATION: 4800'
(GPS from camp on Road 84A)
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Cochise Stronghold
Cochise Stronghold

There is an established campground that cost
$10 per night, but unknown to most visitors
there are campsites all along the base of the
Cochise Stronghold that are free and much
more interesting. Cochise Stronghold is very
deceptive, looks like a simple rock but it is a
complex maze. As you start to get up close
and personal with these rocks, your imagination
starts to run wild...

Cochise Stronghold
This rugged area served as a natural fortress and
hideout for Apache Indians of the Chiricahua Clan
led by Cochise. He was born in the Dragoon Mountains
about 1815. From 1860 to 1872 the Cochise Band
battled the U.S.Cavalry because of the handling
of an incident at Apache Pass about 30 miles east
of here. It is believed that Cochise was buried some-
where in the Stronghold

Cochise Stronghold is located in the
Dragoon Mountains.

The sun rises extra early on this side
of the mountains. Best photos are in
the morning.

Cochise Stronghold
Cochise Stronghold, Road 84A

Deer and wildlife are common sights.
Also be aware of rattle snakes, scorpions,
killer bees and fire ants to name a few
dangerous critters you might stumble
upon. Boots are recommended.

Cochise Stronghold
The first camp on Road 84A
N 3156.600
W 10957.525

Road 84A
Road 84A

The photos show trees and vegetation,
but it is a desert environment.

PHOTO HERE
Campsite on Road 84A
N 3156.539
W 10957.608

PHOTO HERE
Campsite on Road 84B
N 3156.385
W 10957.654

PHOTO HERE
Campsite on Road 84C
N 3156177
W 10957.646

Camp and Trailhead on the first road...
Camp and Trailhead on the first road...
N 3156.745
W 10957.554

After entering National Forest Lands,
turn right on the first road (Near the sign
and garbage cans). There is a camp and
trailhead a short distance. If you continue
towards the end of this road, it gets rougher,
with more obstacles, but there is a great
campsite... no photos at present time.

Camp and Trailhead on the first road...
Road towards the camp on the first road...

Camp and Trailhead on the first road...
Views from the camp on the first road...

BEAR FACTS

RATTLESNAKE FACTS

DIRECTIONS:
Hwy.191 at Sunsites
At the north end of town near milepost#49
Turn west at Ironwood Road
(at Hooligans Gas Station)
There is a sign pointing to Cochise Stronghold
and you can see the towering mountains of
rock in the distance. From Ironwood Road
it is 5 miles paved surface, then 2 miles of
maintained dirt road.

Cochise Stronghold
Entrance to Coronado National Forest

NOTE:
Can be difficult to find at night, even if you
have been here before.

MORE DIRECTIONS:
• Ironwood Road is at the north side of Sunsites
• 7 miles south of the Apache Power Plant.
• 60 miles from Bisbee via Elfrida.

The free camping areas are just after you
enter Coronado National Forest. You will
see a "No Hunting" sign and the sign in
above photo.

Turn right on Road 84A or 84B.
The roads wind through the trees
and along the mountain base. There
are some great camping spots.
Road 84C splits off from 84B,
with more camping areas.

Water at Cochise Campground
(During the summer months)
Filtered water at the car wash
on Justin Road in Sunsites.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS
It is your responsibility to know what fire
restrictions are in effect. A shovel, ax, and
5 gallons of water may be required. Leather
gloves and fire extinguisher recommended.

Camped here 2004
Camped here 2005
Camped here 2006
Camped here 2007
Camped here March 3, 2009

Chiricahua National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument

Middle March Road
Middle March Road towards West Cochise Stronghold

Also see: COCHISE STRONGHOLD WEST
Also see:
CHIRICAHUA NATIONAL MONUMENT
Also see:
MESCAL
Also see:
TURKEY CREEK ROAD
Also see:
WHITEWATER DRAW


Whitewater Draw on Central Highway
Between Elfrida and Bisbee.

Rattlesnake Ranch
Rattlesnake Ranch

RATTLESNAKE RANCH
We expected a pit full of rattlesnakes and
some crazy person... instead we found a
museum in the middle of the desert.

LINKS:
http://www.cochisestronghold.com
http://www.indians.org/welker/cochise.htm
http://www.wingsoverwillcox.com

The Boneyard
The Boneyard
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is home
to thousands of outdated planes and helicopters
mothballed by the United States Air Force and
other allied forces. The 2,600 acre facility is the
size of 1,300 football pitches and sprawled across
the desert in Tucson, Arizona and houses the 309th
Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group
(AMARG) This 60 year-old facility is America's
only storehouse for out-of-service aircraft.

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TOURIST PHOTOS

Tiny Flowers at Cochise Stronghold
Tiny Flowers at Cochise Stronghold

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