Coronado National Forest


The Douglas Ranger District, one of five districts in the Coronado National Forest, comprises three mountain ranges: the Chiricahua, Dragoon and Peloncillo Mountains. This area possesses spectacular scenery, with Ponderosa pines, geological formations and, depending on the weather, beautiful wildflowers. Visitors enjoy "back to basics" camping, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and premier bird-watching. During the summer months, you can enjoy the cool temperatures at high elevations. Caves are off limits from April 15 through August for bat mating season. The District is rich in Chiricahua Apache history. At the west side of the Dragoons, at Council Rocks, you can view petroglyphs and metates, the visible depressions left from the grinding of acorns into meal by the Chiricahua Apaches. Most of the campgrounds were built during the 1930s. In the Chiricahuas, the wilderness area near Portal is accessible by hiking trail only, and wilderness camping is allowed without a permit. The Chiricahuas offer several campgrounds on a first-come, first-served basis. RVs longer than 20 feet are not permitted in certain areas (please call). Cochise Stronghold campground in the Dragoons is open year round. All campers should be aware of bear season, from April to October in the Chiricahuas, and take proper precautions. Pets: Leashed pets are permitted.


300 W Congress Street
Tucson, AZ 85701


31.93004600, -109.96291500
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(520) 388-8300

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