To Cochise's Stronghold

The destination was Cochise's Stronghold, an area in the Coronado National Forest just south of Dragoon.  Our original plan was to drive to Tombstone, have breakfast and then drive up toward St. David.  We planed on taking a shortcut on the Dragoon Ranch Road into the Dragoon Mountains.  That did not work as the road is private and closed.  So we hauled our gear up to Benson, over to the Dragoon exit and then down to the  road that takes you into the Cochise Stronghold Campground.  But, the journey proved to be the photo-opportunity as we stopped often to capture anything that looked interesting.  We ate lunch at the campground and then returned home.  We had a brand new photographer with us.  His name is Bob and he did pretty dang good with a borrowed camera and some simple instructions.  You will see his start below. 

 This is the view as you head into the Dragoon Mountains.  It is a wide open area covered in tall grasses, mesquite, a two lane road to the mountain base and a long line of barbed wire.

This is the view as you head into the Dragoon Mountains.  It is a wide open area covered in tall grasses, mesquite, a two lane road to the mountain base and a long line of barbed wire.

BR To Cochise Stronghold-6-6.jpg
BR To Cochise Stronghold-5-5.jpg
TD Cochise (313 of 21).jpg
To Cochise Stronghold-5-5.jpg
TD Cochise (310 of 21).jpg
SB To Cochise Stronghold-13-13.jpg
TD Cochise (315 of 21).jpg
SB To Cochise Stronghold-16-16.jpg
SB To Cochise Stronghold-17-17.jpg
 This dirt road is getting us real close to the campground.  This is typical of the landscape in the area.

This dirt road is getting us real close to the campground.  This is typical of the landscape in the area.

BR To Cochise Stronghold-8-8.jpg
 The campground is well suited for tents and small camping trailers.  The best part were the birds!!

The campground is well suited for tents and small camping trailers.  The best part were the birds!!

 On the way back we stopped some more times as we saw some interesting houses and rock formations.

On the way back we stopped some more times as we saw some interesting houses and rock formations.

 Bob liked the different look this house projected . . . GREEN!!

Bob liked the different look this house projected . . . GREEN!!

 Bob spotted the stained glass window on this cabin.  Nice!

Bob spotted the stained glass window on this cabin.  Nice!

 This is the look of the mountain's face on the way back.

This is the look of the mountain's face on the way back.

 As you leave Dragoon and go under the I-10 to get access towards Tucson, you might spot this scene.  Steve stopped quickly.  Can you spot what caused him to pull off the road and for us to grab our cameras?  Look very carefully.  Something does not seem quite right, does it?

As you leave Dragoon and go under the I-10 to get access towards Tucson, you might spot this scene.  Steve stopped quickly.  Can you spot what caused him to pull off the road and for us to grab our cameras?  Look very carefully.  Something does not seem quite right, does it?

Ah, but Carol, you said this was a journey and you started us in the middle.  Of course!  Below you  can enjoy the beginning of the trip.

 Our first stop was at an old bridge.  We thought we spotted some water below and there was some.  But, there was more.

Our first stop was at an old bridge.  We thought we spotted some water below and there was some.  But, there was more.

 There were lots of locks on the fence.  I believe they have significance but could not explain what it is.

There were lots of locks on the fence.  I believe they have significance but could not explain what it is.

 Very little water but it was sure reflecting the blue sky.

Very little water but it was sure reflecting the blue sky.

TD Cochise (301 of 21).jpg
 Off down the road again!

Off down the road again!

 Whoa Nellie!!  What have we here.  Well lots of smiles and lots of clicks!

Whoa Nellie!!  What have we here.  Well lots of smiles and lots of clicks!

TD Cochise (302 of 21).jpg
To Cochise Stronghold-2-2.jpg
 On the road again!!

On the road again!!

 Another mandatory stop!  As we were admiring the old truck the owner came out and invited us to take all the photographs we wanted.  Sweet!!  So, of course, we took lots of photographs.

Another mandatory stop!  As we were admiring the old truck the owner came out and invited us to take all the photographs we wanted.  Sweet!!  So, of course, we took lots of photographs.

TD Cochise (304 of 21).jpg
TD Cochise (305 of 21).jpg
 They had a cat.

They had a cat.

SB To Cochise Stronghold-11-11.jpg
 We were told this was the first homestead in southeastern AZ.  They no longer live here!

We were told this was the first homestead in southeastern AZ.  They no longer live here!

To Cochise Stronghold-4-4.jpg
BR To Cochise Stronghold-3-3.jpg

That is all folks.  It turned out to be a most fun day.  We hope you enjoyed our journey as well.