Cochise Stronghold Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Coronado National Forest

This campground is located in a magnificent, rugged canyon that served the famous Apache Indian leader, Cochise, as a refuge against his enemies. As you enter the East Stronghold Canyon, you pass in the shadow of rocks that quite likely served the Apache warrior as perches for his lookouts. The haunting shapes into which the forces of nature have carved those rocks helps make a visit to this charismatic place an unforgettable experience.Campsites at Cochise Stronghold are shaded by oaks and surrounded by a diverse community of vegetation that includes plants of both the Upper Sonoran and Chihuahuan Desert. To help you become better acquainted with this unusual environment, the Stronghold Nature Trail follows a 0.4 mile barrier-free loop that wanders among the yucca, cactus and rocks. This short, easy stroll provides a self-guided introduction to a number of desert plants as well as some of the principles of desert ecology. It also provides good views of the rocks that form the ramparts of the Stronghold. A barrier-free history trail in the campground tells of the area’s colorful past. If you would like to retrace the steps of this area’s historic residents even deeper into their nearly impenetrable refuge, you may choose to follow the Cochise Trail past dozens of fantastic rock formations as it makes its way across the Dragoons to West Stronghold Canyon and the Council Rocks historic area. Note: No potable water is available in the campground. Black bears in area. Accessible to persons with disabilities.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed indefinitely to protect public health and align with state and local measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit for more information.
Operational Hours: Campground is closed annually from June 1st through September 1st
Reservations: No reservations. Occupying any site is on a first come- first served basis.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Camping:  Picnicking/Camping: $20 per day/night. Does not matter how long site is occupied. Up to 2 vehicles and 10 people per single site. Group sites:$50 + $10 per vehicle per night. Up to 4 vehicles and 20 people for each group site. NOTE: There are 2 group sites, side-by-side, so please occupy one or the other, or pay $100 per night. Parking: $10 per vehicle  per day. This fee only applies to trailhead parking slots on either side of restroom building. If you must park in a site, the fee is $20. All fees are payable by cash, check or money order at the time you occupy the site. Make check or money order payable to "USDA Forest Service."
Permit Info: Groups of over 74 people must call Douglas Ranger District and obtain a Recreational Event Permit.
Open Season: September 1
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: No hook-ups. Trailers limited to 16 feet. Limit 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. 14 day stay limit.
Closest Towns: Pearce, Arizona located on Hwy 191 approximately 6 miles east of the Forest's boundary and Stronghold entrance. 
Water: No water.It is always a good idea to bring drinking water with you on your camping trip.
Restroom: B/F Toilets
Operated By: Douglas Ranger District Recreation Staff
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District 520-364-3468

General Information

Directions: From Tucson, take I-10 east 72 miles to US 191. Turn right (south) and drive 12 miles to Ironwood Road. Turn right (east) on Ironwood Road. From Douglas, take US 80 two miles to US 191. Go north approximately 45 miles to Sun Sites, then turn left (west) on Ironwood Road. Continue on Ironwood Road (which becomes Forest Road 84 at the Forest boundary) for 8 miles to Cochise Stronghold Campground.

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5,000 feet