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Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Management Area
This remote area, jointly owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service, protects a wide variety of habitats. The plant diversity ranges from saguaro cactus to ponderosa pine forest and contains some of Arizona's best remaining native fish and ripa...
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Cochise Stronghold East
Description: East Stronghold Canyon provides access into the Dragoon Mountains, one of the twelve Sky Islands of the Coronado National Forest. This rugged canyon with large granite boulders was once the home of Cochise, the legendary Apache Chief. There are views of Rockfellow Dome Park to the west, with large granite boulders in the skyline. A self-guided nature trail is adjacent to East Stronghold Campground.

Wildlife to Watch: Look for Mexican jay, acorn woodpecker, dusky-capped flycatcher, bridled and juniper titmouse, canyon and rock wrens, hepatic tanager, black-headed grosbeak, Scott’s oriole, rufous-crowned sparrow, black-chinned hummingbird, prairie falcon, turkey vulture, white-tailed deer, coatimundi, and a variety of butterflies. Clark’s spiny lizard, southwestern fence lizard, and banded rock and black-tailed rattlesnakes can also be found in the area.

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Other Activities: 0.1 mile of paved self-guided cultural resource trail (universally accessible); 1.0 mile nature trail (loop), moderate difficulty surfaced with natural materials; forest trails (one-way) about 4 miles; moderate to difficult.

Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service 
Size: 200 acres 
Closest Town: Sunsites

RestroomsParkingTent CampingHikingPicnic tablesHandicap AccessibleTrailer CampingDrinking WaterRV Pullout

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Black-headed Grosbeak - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From I-10 (Exit 331), go south on Hwy. 191, 18 miles to Sunsites; turn west on Ironwood Road and go 10 miles to the site.

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Cochise Stronghold East : Wildlife Viewing Area