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Cave Creek Canyon

Portal, AZ
+1 520-558-2334
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Great hike!

We hiked about two miles up the South Fork Trail at Cave Creek in the Chiracahua mountains and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
a walk up South Fork

We did an afternoon hike up the trail. It was interesting to see how the creek has washed out and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tucson, Arizona
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Portal, AZ
+1 520-558-2334
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We hiked about two miles up the South Fork Trail at Cave Creek in the Chiracahua mountains and loved the biodiversity: we saw cacti, fern, sycamore, and evergreen trees. Although we are not birders, this is a great place to view a wide variety of...More

Thank Lee_and_Paul
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did an afternoon hike up the trail. It was interesting to see how the creek has washed out and apparently widened after the Horseshoe 2 fire of 2011. The canyon walls are stupendous, colors in the rocks, etc. Plenty of birding, and I did...More

Thank JSP111
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Portal area's Cave Creek Canyon and Paradise area sky islands are geo and bio treasures. On a casual pass-thru, we saw gorgeous turkeys with multiple hens in a harem, and came within a mile or so of an Elegant Trogon. The 4-Bar ranch's cabins...More

Thank Rtmarshjr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's like being on a different planet. So beautiful. We saw lots of deer and a fox. Lots of hiking trails.

Thank julzone
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

This canyon has great hiking, it's teeming with wildlife and spectacular views. The best way to get there is by way of Douglas, AZ, because the roads paved, a lot of Arizona's marked roadways aren't paved.

Thank travelin47mike
Reviewed 16 September 2017

This area is truly beautiful and it makes for a very scenic drive. A variety of trails are available. The visitor center which is run by volunteers has very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Beautiful raised relief map showing the whole area and the topography. Many...More

Thank Sarracenia
Reviewed 27 August 2017

This is an excellent area for nature study, but you'll want to bring sturdy hiking shoes. The trail from the parking lot requires fording of the stream and is too rough for handicapped travel.

Thank Doug K
Reviewed 13 June 2017

We visited at the tail end of high season and there were not crowds, almost no traffic and very few campers. It was quiet, beautiful ( but not rewarding this time of year for the rarities I was searching for ...)

Thank owler2016
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Since I don't walk very well, we just drove through and looked at all the beautiful rock formations and visited the Ranger Station and had a nice visit with John and Tim. We saw some beautiful reptiles there on display.

Thank Merridith
Reviewed 12 April 2017

It was a great place to meet other birders who share what they saw and helped us to complete our list.

Thank perfectpat202
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Barb B
1 May 2017|
Response from JamaisVu | Reviewed this property |
The Trogon that frequents Patagonia Lake State Park left about two months early this spring... So it's an unusual year. If I were you I'd call the Forest Service or any of the B&Bs in the area; they'll definitely know if... More
22 August 2016|
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Response from FrequentTraveler696 | Reviewed this property |
Cave Creek canyon is managed by the US Forest Service. There can be restrictions about bringing dogs. You should contact the district office and see what the current rules are about dogs. The Office in Douglas, AZ manages... More
5 September 2015|
Response from William S | Reviewed this property |
I think accessibility is very limited here.