Carr Canyon and Carr House
Camping, Mountain camping, hiking and drive to the summit!
Recommended by: Derrick Coates
A really shady and cool forested place, you can drive in a truck or car. I saw people on mountain bikes and horses too. You'll find lots of places to go camping or you can just hike and have a picnic! You can see the whole desert from the top and there is some burned parts but it is still green though.
Do yourselves a favor and drive just a few miles south of Sierra Vista to Carr Canyon. You'll want to visit Carr House, managed by volunteers from Friends of the Huachuca Mountains. FOHM is a non-profit organization, started in 1996, a group of volunteers restored the dilapidated stone house at the base of Carr Canyon, turning it into a visitors' center and gathering place for hikers, birders, historians and nature lovers.
Carr Canyon Road climbs to the top of the Huachuca Mountain Range on up to Carr Peak. At the top of the mountains there used to be the Reef Townsite - an old mining town. Remnants of the town are still visible at the Reef Townsite Campground. As you climb higher up the mountain via switchbacks (drive slowly and w/great care) you will be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views around. Have your camera ready to capture the scenery, including Aspen groves, thick green forest, wildlife, birds, and valley views that span for miles. Animals spotted include deer, javelina, cougar and black bear. Jacob and I highly recommend this as a must do day trip or camping activity for anyone visiting Sierra Vista (and for the locals too!!).
For camping motorbikes can only be used to enter and exit campgrounds. Some trails are closed to motorbikes, horses and bikes. Call the SV Ranger District number shown below for specific trails geared to your interest.
NOTE: Be careful of mines in the area - they are very dangerous and some drop straight down - do not enter mines under any circumstances!
Carr Canyon Rd., Hereford, AZ 85615 (Hwy 92 South to Carr Canyon Road, 2.1 miles to Carr House on the left)
Carr House is Open from late April through October
9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Admission: No Charge - Donations Appreciated and Memberships Available (Tax-deductible)
Free presentations are held every other Sunday at 1:30pm beginning the first weekend in May through the first weekend in October. Topics include geology, pioneer families, snakes, lizards and bats, birding and cultural and natural history.
Sierra Vista Ranger District:
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|Jacob Tip: When camping in bear country always remember to keep anything scented out of your tent. This includes obvious things such as food, but also deodorant, sunscreen and lip balm. Don't leave your trash around the picnic tables either. Keep items locked up and secure and clean up after yourselves.|
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