Arizona February 05, 2019
Arizona Has A Sky Island And It’s The Definition Of A Hidden Gem
Just in case you run out of places to explore on the ground, Arizona’s got you covered. This secluded area of lush greenery is floating 5,000 feet in the air, just waiting for you to come discover it’s hidden treasures. Take a look:
Nestled in the craggy Dragoon Mountains is a little-known woodland area located 5,000 feet above the ground.
Named after the great Apache Chief, Cochise, there's no mystery as to why his people sought refuge within the rocky shields and steep cliffs now known as Cochise Stronghold.
For over 15 years, Cochise and 250 loyal warriors used the Stronghold as their fortress - and it definitely served that purpose well.
Enemies wouldn't have been able to see 10 yards ahead when the clouds rolled in, let alone execute an attack.
Today, adventurous souls come from all over Arizona to see this mysterious place firsthand. Three easy nature trails make the experience accessible to almost everyone.
Cochise Indian Trail is about five miles long and leads down into a canyon. Midway, it intersects another pathway that features lush, dense greenery.
The Nature Trail is a self-guided 0.4-mile hike. Some portions are on an incline, but plenty of benches allow you to sit down and rest as needed. Plus, the breathtaking, panoramic view makes the effort worth it.
The Interpretive Trail is a short 0.12-mile loop lined with beautiful oak and juniper trees. Stroll at a leisurely pace and read informative plaques detailing the area's rich history. Legend has it, Chief Cochise's body is buried somewhere along the way.
Campsites for both tents and RVs let you stay for up to 14 days. Restroom facilities are available; however, running water is not.
Just like many places in Arizona, the sunsets here are absolutely unrivaled. Don't forget your camera!
here for directions to the park. Have you ever hiked at Cochise Stronghold? If so, we’d love to hear all about your experience!