Area Status: Open
Cochise Stronghold Campground

This campground is 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 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 history trail in the campground tells of the area’s colorful past. The Cochise Trail climbs over the top of the Dragoons past dozens of fantastic rock formations and ending in West Stronghold Canyon and the Council Rocks historic area.

Note: No potable water is available in the campground. Black bears in area.

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations. Occupying any site is on a first come, first served basis.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Tent camping, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: Day use:  Please park in trailhead parking spaces on either side of restroom building. 
  • A Coronado National Forest or Interagency (America the Beautiful) pass must be displayed.
  • Day use passes can be purchased at the site for $8.
  • More information is available at Coronado National Forest Passes and Permits.


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.
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.
Closest Towns: Pearce, Arizona located on Hwy 191 approximately 6 miles east of the Forest's boundary and Stronghold entrance. 
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District 520-364-3468

General Information


From Tucson, take I-10 east 72 miles to US 191. Turn right (south) and drive 12 miles to Ironwood Road. Turn right (west) 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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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.


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

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5,000 feet