Cochise Stronghold Campground

Area Status: Open
Cochise Stronghold Campground

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This campground is in a magnificent, rugged canyon that served the famous Chiricahua Apache 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. Eleven individual and two group 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 several 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 wheelchair-accessible, 400-foot history trail in the campground tells of the area’s colorful past.

The Cochise Trail #279, which also starts in the campground, climbs past dozens of fantastic rock formations to Stronghold Divide at 5,900 feet and continues on to West Stronghold Canyon and the Council Rocks historic area.


  • No potable water is available in the campground. Bring plenty with you. 
  • Black bears in area. Store and dispose of all food in bear-safe containers and trash bins or keep it locked in your vehicle.

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At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations. First come, first served only. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Tent camping, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: Campsites: 
Single site: $20.  With Golden Age/Access or Interagency Senior/Access pass $10.
Group site: $50 plus $10 per vehicle. Payable with cash or check. 

Day Use:
  • Day use: $8 per vehicle
  • Weekly: $10 per vehicle
Buy a pass online, or purchase a pass on-site with cash or check. Proof of payment, or a valid Coronado National Forest Annual Pass or Interagency (America the Beautiful) Pass, including the Annual, Senior, Access, or Military Pass, must be displayed on the driver's side of the vehicle dashboard. Learn more about accepted passes.
Open Season: September 1 - May 31
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: No hook-ups. Trailers limited to 16 feet. Limit 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. 14-day stay limit per 60-day period. 
Closest Towns: Pearce/Sunsites, AZ
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468

General Information


From Tucson, take 1-10 east for approximately 72 miles to US 191. Turn right (south) on US 191 and drive roughly 18 miles to Ironwood Road. Turn right (west) on Ironwood Road and drive about 9 miles to the Cochise Stronghold Campground and the Cochise Trailhead.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

11 Individual campsites. 2 Group sites accommodating 20 people each.

Trailer Camping: Maximum trailer length is 16 feet.

No. of Sites 13
Reservation Info No reservations

Group Camping

No. of Sites 2 Group Sites
Reservation Info Groups of over 25 people must call Douglas Ranger District and obtain a Recreational Event Permit.
Hookups - Electric No hook-ups.

Day Hiking


Interpretive Site: Yes
Picnic tables: Day Use Fee
Tent camping: Yes
Fee charged for some activities: Yes
Toilets: Vault
Parking: Day Use Fee
Accessible: Yes
Drinking water: Not available

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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5,000 feet