Cave Creek Canyon

(Portal AZ)
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.

Cave Creek Canyon

Cave Creek Canyon – Tall Cliff

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.

Cave Creek Canyon

Large Pillar

Cave Creek Canyon

Rock Window in Cliff

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.

Cave Creek Canyon

Massive Rock Formation

Cave Creek Canyon

Rugged Cliffs

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.

Cave Creek Canyon

Pair of Pillars

Cave Creek Canyon

Another Pillar

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.

Cave Creek Canyon

Impressive Formation with Cave

Cave Creek Canyon

Light Wanes on yet Another Pillar

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

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4 Responses to Cave Creek Canyon

  1. Barney Ward March 30, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

    Another great location. Thank you for the tour.

    • Pleinguy March 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

      I think this is a place you could enjoy.

  2. Bradford Harris March 30, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

    Glad you got to return Pleinguy. It looks like a peaceful and beautiful place to camp.

    • Pleinguy March 30, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

      It was indeed a wonderful place.

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