Chiricahua “sky islands”scenic road Pinery Canyon into Cave Creek canyon is magnificent

As you know, I love off-roading and finding awesome and interesting places! Yesterday, Was a great drive out to Chiricahua Mts. But this time, we went right on Pinery Canyon road at the entrance of the Chiricahua national monument, and it was spectacular!!!!! First, let’s learn how the Chiricahua Mts. Were formed about 27 million years ago and happened as a volcanic convulsion that blew 100 square miles of molten rock. The areas history has a violent past, if you follow interstate 9, stop at Columbus was where Pancho Villa and his guerrillas attacked a U.S. camp on March 9th, 1916 during the Mexican/American war. You will find a lot more on the history! Also, Portal was named after a prospector by the name of Duffener who found a cave at the mouth of Cave creek.

The drive gives you magnificent views of the forest floor and takes you up to high slopes of the Chiricahuas! You will encounter a lot of white-tailed deer! So be careful, they come out of nowhere! You may also see black bears or Coatimundi.

This is an off-road, and a high clearance vehicle is the best way to go! All birdwatchers, you must go here! The Riperian areas are filled with many different species of birds! If your looking to go camping, think about going to Pinery Canyon, even though the creeks are dry, it’s still a very beautiful and peaceful place! This drive is about 25 miles one way and worth every mile!

On our way into Portal, we saw this chimney on the side of the road
This building dates back to 1900
Coming to the end or beginning of Portal, Az. , shows the Chiricahua rock formations, It is an amazing scenic drive!

If you want to go, here are the directions from Interstate 10, go east, and go 139 miles (you will hit the New Mexico border onto SR80, turn right onto Portal Rd., which turns into forest rd. #42 and continue 24 miles to state route 181 for an optional detour about 12 miles west of Portal, turn left on forest rd. 42D and continue 2 miles to a fork, Left fork leads to Rustler Park, while the right leads to Barfoot Park. Another way, is head to Wilcox, take the Chiricahua Natl monument interstate, and head towards the Mt. , once you get.there, you will see a sign off to the right, Pinery canyon rd.

Also, I just want to Thank you for being a member on this website or if you have not please do become a member, as I bring information on great places that you can visit and all kinds of interesting facts ! Keep following and sharing this site with everyone you know! Have a great day!

Published by Rossi

I am an artist, explorer and writer, I love history and archaeology. I love to research new territories and have a deep passion for ghost towns, and new places! I am also a mother to 2 grown kids! I also have my own Candle and coasters business Rossi Coasters & Candles L.L.C.

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