"A day hike into the Dragoon Mountains, 4.5 miles one way.
The hike begins on an interpretive nature trail; follow the left fork for quickest access to the Cochise Stronghold Trail. A path leaves the nature loop to cross the wash of East Stronghold Canyon and then climbs the opposite bank to link up with an equestrian trail arriving from the north. Turn right at this junction. Follow the wash southward through a woodland of oak and juniper. Early on there are good views of the massive granite slabs that form the backbone of the stronghold, but these spires soon disappear behind rounded foothills." Read more
"Named for the famed Apache chief, Cochise Stronghold is an alluring and mysterious place. Ringed by salmon-tinted granite domes and faces, this wilderness of rock provided safe haven for Cochise during the twelve years that he and his warriors fought the U.S. Army. Never surrendering, Cochise agreed to peace only in exchange for land in 1872. Cochise died on June 8, 1874, and he was buried Heading south from a Forest Service campground to Stronghold Divide, the Cochise Trail offers a wonderful look at this legendary locale." Read more
"Once your dog is watered and leashed—remember to pack water in—cross the bridge to begin the Cochise Stronghold Trail 279. Though the pathway itself is very easy on boot and paw, with the exception of occasional rocky segments in the upper reaches, this trail takes you through the rugged natural fortress of the Chiricahua Apaches, a sanctuary for Cochise’s troops in their bloody 12-year war with the U.S. Cavalry (Cochise, legend has it, is buried somewhere in the stronghold). Once you cross the bridge, point the leash left. Before you get 0.25 mile in, the path begins climbing through an extravagantly lush, oak, juniper copse studded with turpentine bushes, blood-barked manzanitas, beargrass, Schott’s yuccas, madrone trees, quinine bushes, agaves, and chilicates—a pepper plant. Stay alert and heed the leash rule, for deer, bears, and javelinas thrive in this bountiful place." Read more