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Cave Creek Canyon

Portal, AZ
+1 520-558-2334
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Beautiful area, many birds and good visitor center

This area is truly beautiful and it makes for a very scenic drive. A variety of trails are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Norman, Oklahoma
A pretty hike but without developed/maintained trails

This is an excellent area for nature study, but you'll want to bring sturdy hiking shoes. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Doug K
Denver, Colorado
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Portal, AZ
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 June 12, 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 April 26, 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 April 12, 2017

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

Thank perfectpat202
Reviewed March 23, 2017

We went in March and there was very little in the bird viewing arena, but there is amazing scenery in this area and a great place to visit for everyone that appreciates the outdoors.

Thank Traildreamin
Reviewed February 20, 2017

Cave Creek Canyon isn't on your way to anywhere, out in the "middle of nowhere" basin-&-range country on the AZ / NM border. But for birding, camping, hiking & simply relaxing it's a destination unto itself. Beautiful, burbling Cave Creek flows down this mostly narrow...More

Thank JamaisVu
Reviewed October 22, 2016

A beautiful peaceful area in southern Arizona. Quaint buildings, beautiful canyons and trails. The Chiricahuas are one of the wonderful 'sky islands' in this area north of the border

1  Thank Nichewiche
Reviewed August 9, 2016

This is one of the best areas for sightseeing, birding, hiking and relaxation. We camped and enjoyed every minute of it. Clean, well kept campsites surrounded by beautiful trees and the canyon walls. Many great birding spots can be found in the canyon and nearby.

Thank SierraSlyFox
Reviewed June 18, 2016

A wonderful place to locate the elegant trogon, along with many other SE Arizona endemic species. Also terrific for finding local reptiles.

1  Thank BensonFarms
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Barb B
April 30, 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
August 22, 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
September 5, 2015|
Response from William S | Reviewed this property |
I think accessibility is very limited here.