A few years ago, I went to Cave Creek Canyon to camp. However, upon arriving it was closed due to a recent flood and no camping was allowed. Plus, it began snowing while I looked around. It was a beautiful area, so I vowed to return to try again.
Second try… Three campgrounds along a creek were only suitable for small rigs or tent camping. Plus, low hanging branches crowded the narrow road leading in. On the days I camped there the creek was mostly dry.
Located on the east side of the Chiricahua Mountains it was tucked into a narrow canyon with tall cliffs on either side. Many pockets in the cliffs resembled small caves, hence the name. It made for a spectacular sight.
There were a couple of designated trails, but I just walked around a good bit taking photos of the scenery. Lots of rocks, pillars, cliffs and tall trees delighted my senses. It really was a marvelous place.
During the summer months, the rare and colorful Trogon bird comes there from Mexico. Like a small macaw, it is eagerly sought by avid birders. Of course, I was there at the wrong time of year. The area is home to many other critters.
I can see why the canyon was a popular place for the Apache natives when this was their homeland. After a couple of days there, I countinued down the road headed for a visit with an artist friend.
Camp: Coronado NF-Sunny Flat CG drycamp
Scene: canyon, cliffs, creek, trees