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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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Hiking and Walking Trails
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
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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