|Coronado National Memorial|
This remote corner of the Huachuca Mountains commemorates the expedition of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in 1549, the first known appearance of Europeans into the United States. Several hiking trails through the wooded foothills of the Huachuca Mountains, excellent views over the river valley, a...
Carr Canyon - The Reef
|Description: Since 1878, Carr Canyon has been the sight of mining activity. The mostly unpaved switchback road leading to the canyon is not for the faint of heart but offers spectacular views of the San Pedro Valley and a chance to see some of southern Arizona’s high country without a long hike. The area has experienced several catastrophic wildfires; today, these areas of disturbance are well on their way to healing. In places, healthy communities of young aspens and colorful displays of wildflowers can be found. |
Wildlife to Watch: Most of the high-elevation bird species of the Sky Island region can be found here, with the mountain providing a respite from the desert summer heat. There is a great variety of unique and local nesting forest birds near campgrounds and along adjacent roadways and trails. Look for greater pewee, buff-breasted flycatcher, Arizona and acorn woodpeckers, yellow-eyed junco, Steller’s jay, plumbeous and Hutton’s vireos, hepatic and western tanagers, black-headed grosbeak, broad-tailed hummingbird, violet-green swallow, white-throated swift, and a wide variety of warblers, including red-faced, Grace’s, Virginia’s, olive, black-throated gray, and painted redstart. Mammals include black bear, white-tailed deer, and raccoon. Reptiles include Slevin’s bunch-grass lizard, Yarrow’s spiny lizard, ridge-nosed rattlesnake, and Sonoran mountain kingsnake.
Other Activities: The Reef Townsite Interpretive Loop Trail (#102) begins and ends at the campground (about 0.5 mi.). The trail to Comfort Springs begins off the west end of the Ramsey Vista Campground, drops 200 feet in elevation, and loops through the headwater ravines of Carr Canyon (about 0.6 mile one-way).
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service
Closest Town: Sierra Vista
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