Stockton Pass, Coronado National Forest

Stockton Pass-Pinaleno Mountains, Coronado National Forest

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Stockton Pass serves as a travel way over the Pinaleños into Sulphur Springs Valley.

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Safford Ranger District
711 14th Avenue, Suite D
Safford, AZ 85546


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Stockton Pass serves as a travel way over the Pinaleños into Sulphur Springs Valley. The Stockton Pass Campground is located right at the apex of the pass and offers good views of the south slopes of some of the mountain range’s highest peaks, as well as views of Sulphur Springs Valley and the Galiuro and Santa Catalina mountains to the west.

From Stockton Pass you can hike into the Pinaleño Mountains along the Shake Trail or continue your drive down into Sulphur Springs Valley to visit the rustic country store at the sleepy little ranching outpost of Bonita. From here you may choose to return by the same way you came or to continue on a loop that completely encircles the Pinaleño Range. You may catch a glimpse of an antelope or golden eagle along this stretch, and you will certainly see more great scenery. Just beyond Bonita, shaggy soaptree yuccas line the roadside creating great foregrounds for views of the Galiuro Range in the distance. Ranch gates and cattle corrals continue as you parallel upper Aravaipa Creek where a 14-mile side trip takes you to another colorful outpost and country store at Klondyke.

Big cattle ranches, rugged mountain ranges and broad grasslands studded with desert plants make this a ride with a true southwestern flavor. The route first climbs to the top of Stockton Pass where you’ll find a picnic area in the midst of a grassy savannah embellished with oak and cactus. The scenery at Stockton Pass and along the route that leads to and from it include some excellent views of the Pinaleños and sweeping panoramas of broad, flat Sulphur Springs Valley, with the Galiuros and the Winchester Mountains jutting up from the valley floor.

Directions: From Safford drive south 17 miles on US 191 to AZ 266. Turn right (southwest) onto 266 and continue 12 miles to the Stockton Pass Campground.

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Stockton Pass-Pinaleno Mountains, Coronado National Forest has the following hiking and walking trails available to the public. Click the trail to learn more about it, it's length, difficulty rating and how to access it.

Dutch Henry Canyon Trail #297 , Shake Trail #309

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Dutch Henry Canyon Trail #297

This trail branches off the Bear Canyon Trail #299 after it passes the summit of Ladybug Peak. While Bear Canyon Trail leads down a south-facing slope of the mountain, Dutch Henry Canyon Trail follows a course that bears almost directly east. It is one of the few trails on the mountain with this aspect and as such offers access to an area that is otherwise quite remote.

Shortly after leaving the Bear Canyon Trail, Dutch Henry drops off a ridge to the north and switchbacks down into the canyon for which it’s named. As it descends this steep grade it leaves behind the mixed conifer forests of the high country for the sotol and cholla of the upper Sonoran life zone. If you see deer along the trail, you might notice that most of them are white-tailed in the higher elevations, while down among the oaks and beargrass, mule deer are more common. Also common are other desert dwellers, such as javelina and coatimundi.

The latter half of the trail winds in and out of the drainage bottom of Dutch Henry Canyon, where water usually flows only in the spring. A corral and windmill mark the end of the trail at its junction with FR 119 just across the creek.

Length: 7.2 miles

Rating: Most difficult

Access: Higher elevation trailhead– From Safford drive south 8 miles on US 191 to the Swift Trail (AZ 366). Turn right (southwest) onto AZ 366 and drive about 17 miles to Ladybug Saddle. The trailhead is at the parking area on the left side of the road. Take the Bear Canyon Trail #299 one and a half miles until you reach the Dutch Henry Trail.

Lower elevation trailhead– Follow US Hwy 191 thirteen miles south from Safford. Turn right (west) on Forest Road 119 and continue approximately 5 miles to the trailhead. The trailhead is located near the windmill.



The following camping areas are available to the public in the Stockton Pass-Pinaleno Mountains, Coronado National Forest. Click the area below to learn more about it and how to get there.

Columbine Campgrounds and Corrals , Stockton Pass Campground

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Columbine Campgrounds and Corrals

Six camp sites, 14 day stay limit. Equestrian facilities, trails. Fishing can be had a short distance down the Ash Creek trail. In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps built the Swift Trail (AZ 366) to ease access. Later they built the visitor center to house the firefighters and forest workers, and to provide a center for information about area attractions. Today, there is a bookstore which provides all kinds of books, maps and educational gifts.

Access: 36 miles SW of Safford, US 191 and AZ 366.


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