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While out of the way, this site is well worth the effort for avid birders and wildlife watchers. Cave Creek Canyon has some of the richest diversity of wildlife in the United States. The approach from the east through Portal provides striking views of the most scenic, breathtaking canyon in sou...
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Rustler Park Recreation Area
Description: At 8,500 feet, this mountain meadow campground is nestled in a pine-fir forest. This is one of the few maintained road access sites to upper levels of the Chiricahua Mountains, with breathtaking views that overlook the Sulphur Springs Valley and adjacent landscapes of New Mexico. A few miles away by trail is the 9,795-foot high Chiricahua Peak within the Chiricahua Wilderness. This is a pack-it-in, pack-it-out campsite, and campers must take bear precautions.

Wildlife to Watch: Unique and local nesting forest bird species can be found near campgrounds and along adjacent trails and roadways. This area features the southern-most stand of Engleman spruce, as well as iris and orchids that attract many butterflies and hummingbirds in summer. There is an excellent chance to see greater pewee, cordilleran flycatcher, Mexican chickadee, yellow-eyed junco, Steller’s jay, plumbeous vireo, hepatic and western tanager, black-headed grosbeak, Mexican chickadee, broad-tailed hummingbird, violet-green swallow, and red-breasted and pygmy nuthatches. Breeding warbler populations include olive, red-faced, Grace’s, Virginia’s, black-throated gray, yellow-rumped, and painted redstart. Mammals include black bear, white-tailed deer, and Mexican fox squirrel, a species that is found only in the Chiricahua Mountains in the United States. Many high elevation reptiles and amphibians also live in the area, including the diminutive twin-spotted rattlesnake, black-tailed rattlesnake, Slevin’s bunch grass lizard, and Yarrow’s spiny lizard.

Special Tips: During migration foraging, mixed flocks of warblers will also often include Nashville, Townsend’s, and hermit warblers.

Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service 
Size: 30 acres 
Closest Town: Portal

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingTent CampingHikingPicnic tablesTrailer CampingRV Pullout

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Yellow-rumped Warbler - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Portal, go west on Forest Road 42 for about 12-miles to Onion Saddle; turn south on Forest Road 42D for 3 miles to the campground. From Willcox, go east on Hwy. 186 for 35 miles towards Chiricahua National Monument entrance; before the entrance, turn southeast on Forest Road 42 for 12 miles to Onion Saddle. Follow the signs to Rustler Park Campground.

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Rustler Park Recreation Area : Wildlife Viewing Area