|Rustler Park Recreation Area|
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...
Fort Bowie National Historic Site
|Description: Fort Bowie includes most of historic Apache Pass where the Dos Cabezas Mountains meet the Chiricahua Mountains. These two mountain ranges represent a unique blending of plants and animals from the southern Rocky Mountains and the northern Sierra Madre Mountains. Primary habitats consist of semi-desert grassland, oak woodlands, and riparian woodlands.
Wildlife to Watch: Mammals include mountain lion, coatimundi, white-tailed deer, javelina, ringtail, and many reptiles, including round-tailed, Texas, and greater short-horned lizards, green ratsnake, and banded rock and black-tailed rattlesnakes. Over 150 species of birds nest in the area including scaled and Gambel’s quail, Chihuahuan raven, canyon wren, Bell’s vireo, black-tailed gnatcatcher, canyon towhee, rufous-crowned and black–throated sparrows, Lucy’s warbler, northern cardinal, hooded oriole, and Bullock’s oriole. Birds of prey include red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks and the occasional golden eagle.
Other Activities: Loop trail, 3 miles round-trip in mostly open grassland
Ownership: National Park Service
Closest Town: Bowie
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