Cochise Stronghold

Area Status: Open
Cochise Stronghold Rec Area

Cochise Stronghold is a rocky wonderland that bisects the Dragoon Mountains in southeastern Arizona. Towering pink granite domes, covered with colorful lichen, create a backcountry playground thatchallenges climbers on its cracks, slabs, and steep plates and faces. Known for both traditional and sport multi-pitch routes, bouldering opportunities can also be found in this labyrinth of rock. Year-round sunshine makes this a perfect winter destination for climbers looking for a backcountry climbing experience.

The remote setting, long approaches through rugged terrain, and committing nature of many climbs in Cochise Stronghold require extensive experience and preparation. Consult climbing websites and guidebooks for detailed approach and route information.

Peregrine falcons often nest (between February and June) on cliffs in Cochise Stronghold. Please avoid areas with nesting raptors. 

Cochise Trail #279 bisects Cochise Stronghold and is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. 

Cultural awareness: This area has profound cultural significance to many people. Treat it with due respect.

Download the Cochise Stronghold Recreation Guide in English.

Solo en inglés ahora. La traducción estará disponible aquí pronto.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Fee charged for some activities, Toilets, Parking
Fees: A day-use fee is required to park at Cochise Stronghold Campground. There is a fee-free parking area at the big boulder before the campground entrance.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Winter
Busiest Season: Winter
Restrictions: We ask that the public respect the nesting raptors and avoid areas where they are present. Should it become evident that this approach is not appropriate, we will revisit the need for a seasonal closure. Please call the Douglas office at 520-364-3468 or 520-388-8436 with questions. No overnight camping in the day-use parking area. 
Closest Towns: Pearce/Sunsites, AZ
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District  (520) 364-6800


Mountain Biking

Rock Climbing

Roadside and backcountry climbing for all levels.

Mountain Project:Cochise Stronghold is a resource to help plan your climbing adventure. 

Please avoid any routes with nesting raptors. Breeding season is roughly February through July. Official closures can be found at the bottom of the Alerts & Notices page.

This area has cultural significance to Indigenous people. Please visit and climb with respect. Leave No Trace for rock climbers.

Day Hiking

Horse Riding


Fee charged for some activities: Day-use fee in campground
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Vault toilet available at the campground

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities