Coronado National Forest San Simon, Arizona 85632Official Website
Though South Fork is known for its trogons, there are plenty of other interesting and rare creatures to encounter here. Over 300 species of birds have been sighted in the Chiricahua Mountains, including the magnificent hummingbird, blue-throated hummingbird, and Montezuma quail. Other interesting types of wildlife frequently sighted here include Apache fox squirrels, coatimundis, and Coues white-tailed deer. The scenery is quite impressive in this area, too.
The Herb Martyr trailhead, located near Herb Martyr campground, is one of the popular birdwatching and overall hiking areas in Cave Creek Canyon.
From Tucson, take I-10 east 139 miles to US-80 (you will cross the New Mexico border to get to this intersection). Turn right (south) and drive 28 miles, then turn right (west) on the road to Portal for 7 miles. From Douglas, take US 80 east approximately 50 miles to Rodeo, NM. Two miles past Rodeo, turn left (west) on Portal Road. From Portal drive west on Forest Road 42 approximately 8 miles to the Southwest Research Center, where you turn left on the Forest Service 42A road and continue 4 miles to the fork in the road. The right fork takes you to the trailhead, left fork to the campground.
See all hotspots at Cave Creek Canyon
Nestled in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona, 150 miles east of Tucson and 50 miles north of Douglas, is Cave Creek Canyon, a hidden gem with spectacular cliffs, flowing streams, and an abundance of wildlife.
Endowed with magnificent scenery and unparalleled biodiversity, Cave Creek Canyon is truly a special place. Residents and visitors who want to help protect the area now have a chance to do so by joining, volunteering, or contributing to the Friends of Cave Creek Canyon.
As individuals and families, we work closely with Coronado National Forest to support its work and mission in Southeast Arizona. We seek to provide educational opportunities for area residents, visitors, school groups, scientific researchers, and others who cherish the special qualities of our region.
Researchers and scientists claim that Cave Creek Canyon has the richest diversity of wildlife in the U.S. Birding is fine here year-round and especially rewarding in the summer. Many interesting birds from south of the border can be found here in the Chiricahua Mountains.
The Herb Martyr Campground Hotspot webpage has a description of trails at that site.