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Old 05-23-2017, 07:03 PM   #1
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Trip Report: Chiricahua Mtns and southern AZ

I just completed a week running around the Chiricahua Mtns and then other neat places of southern Arizona, so I thought I'd share some info.

We drove into the Chiricahuas from the Portal side and stayed at the Sunnyflat campground. The cg has about 20 sites, all paved and back in. Only 4 or 5 sites are big enough for rigs over about 35'. There is one central water and toilet. The scenery is incredible. Cliffs in pastel shades, oaks and several pines. And Cave Creek Trail head is about a mile off. World class bird watching. We saw several and heard three or four more Elegant Trogons in about 3 hours.

There are 2 other camgrounds there, Idlewild and Stewart. Both are unpaved and tight. Great for tents, pickup campers and popups, They have central water and toilets. National Forest, $10 fee

We spent a day in Douglas, on the border, and stayed at the Douglas Golf course RV lot. A parking lot, but only $20 and full hookups. The golf course is odd. One nine is from the 50's and is short, flat, tree lined, and black sand in the traps. The other nine is about 15 years old, desert style and not too bad. But we really went to see the Slaughter Ranch east of Douglas about 20 miles. Great bird watching, indoor and outdoor museum from the old West of 1900 to 1920, and great stories. John Slaughter, ranch owner, watched Pancho Villa's army stop on his land, steal cattle and vegetables. and then rode into Villa's camp and rode back with 2 bags of gold. One tough dude.

We finished with a couple days in Bisbee and stayed at the Copper Queen RV park. Right in town and right at the top of the huge Copper Queen open pit mine. Only $30 a night, and you can leave your vehicle and walk just a little ways into the old town. Art, museums, good food

Good time!
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Nice report Mike. The Chiricahua's are awesome. We've been twice in our car (before motorhome). We can't wait to head over there with the coach (to be able to be nearby for sunrise and sunsets). The rock formations are awesome!
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