Cochise Stronghold – West Dragoons
This nice ride is located in the Dragoon Mountains – Coronado National Forest east of Tucson, near Benson. Cochise Stronghold itself is on the East side of the Dragoons and is featured as another ride. This is definitely a cool weather ride, but it can be handled in the summer. If possible try and get here after a rain as the washes do not run year round. It is possible to drive the whole thing if you have a vehicle with good clearance. There are wonderful places to picnic and terrific historical sites. If you want to take the time it is possible to find arrowheads on an old battleground. Aim for the first part of November to catch the leaves changing!
Directions: Take I-10 East to the first Benson exit, stay on that road and head toward Tombstone, shortly before reaching Tombstone take a left on Middlemarch Road, which is a good dirt road and go approximately 8-miles to a “Y” at forest service road 687 where you will go left and park. It is around 11-miles from this point to the end of the road. If you want to make the ride shorter, drive farther up 687 and park. It is an out-and-back so you can make it virtually any length you wish.