Devils Canyon Trail #237


The Devil’s Canyon/North Bruno Trail system offers access into an area of remote canyons, odd rock formations and bluff-faced peaks on the south end of the Chiricahua Mountains. Devil’s Canyon, so far as anyone knows, is so named because the pinnacles, needles and balanced rocks that form its canyon walls resemble distorted human forms. The trail leaves Rucker Canyon Road and heads up-canyon, under the watchful eye of these devil rocks, as it wanders its way among riparian stands of sycamore, willow and ash. This vital streamside habitat provides an excellent place to enjoy a little birdwatching and perhaps catch a glimpse of some larger wildlife before the trail leaves the canyon floor to begin its gradual climb, through oak and juniper, to Bruno Saddle. From Bruno Saddle, a side trail (Rucker Peak Trail #601) leads to Rucker Peak’s 7,136 foot summit, one of the highest in the southern Chiricahuas. The main trail continues from the saddle down into North Bruno Canyon. Here, it follows the riparian area to the junction with the North Bruno Trail #237A. This latter trail connects the Devil’s Canyon Trail to a trailhead off the Rucker/Tex Canyon road, FR 74, at the end of FR 4818. From the Devil’s Canyon/North Bruno trail junction one can choose to head up North Bruno Canyon and end the journey, or continue down North Bruno Canyon to explore more of this remote area. The North Bruno Trail ends at a junction with a 4-wheel drive road at the confluence of North and South Bruno Canyons. There is, however, no public vehicular access to this point.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Pack and saddle stock are not allowed overnight in campgrounds.
Operated By: Douglas Ranger District
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District  520-364-3468

General Information

Directions: From Douglas, take Leslie Canyon Road north. Stay on the main road, which becomes FR 74, for 38 miles. The Devil’s Canyon Trailhead is located on FR 74 west of the FR 74E/Camp Rucker Campground intersection. The North Bruno Trailhead is located further east and south on FR 74 at the intersection of FR 4818.



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Day Hiking

Picturesque rocks, riparian area, loop possible (with shuttle). Climb Rucker Peak. Forest Road 74 can be used to make a loop incorporating part of the Devil’s Canyon Trail and the North Bruno Trail. USGS Map(s): Bruno Peak, Swede Peak, and Stanford Canyon
Elevation desc 5,410 - 7,136 feet
Difficulty Level: More Difficult


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  Area/Length : 
3.7 miles

  Elevation : 
5,410 feet - 7,136 feet