Rucker Canyon

Douglas, Arizona

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Located in the southernmost corner of the state, the Chiricahua Mountains are home to a number of plants and animals not normally found in the United States. Fauna usually associated with Mexico’s Sierra Madre, such as the Apache fox squirrel and the Mexican chickadee, are often spotted in the Chiricahuas. Tree species such as the Chihuahua pine grow here as well. A good place to enjoy these semi-exotic species is in Rucker Canyon, which is in the southern end of the range.

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"Located in the southernmost corner of the state, the Chiricahua Mountains are home to a number of plants and animals not normally found in the United States.

Fauna usually associated with Mexico’s Sierra Madre, such as the Apache fox squirrel and the Mexican chickadee, are often spotted in the Chiricahuas. Tree species such as the Chihuahua pine grow here as well. A good place to enjoy these semi-exotic species is in Rucker Canyon, which is in the southern end of the range."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Douglas
Distance: 9.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best May to November
Trailhead Elevation: 6,150 feet
Top Elevation: 7,600 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest; Chiricahua Wilderness Area
Local Maps: USGS Chiricahua Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Rucker Canyon

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May 2018