A bit farther east from the Amerind Foundation Museum on I-10, exit 331 takes you to the former hideout of Cochise and his band in the Dragoon Mountains. (Head southeast on Highway 191, then west nine miles on Ironwood Road; the last four miles are on a dirt road.)
The great Apache chief is said to be buried somewhere out here, but nobody knows where for sure. It seems an ideal place to hide, with plenty of bluffs from which to watch the plains for the oncoming army. A few campsites ($12) are sheltered by the same high boulders that once kept the Chiricahua hidden.
There are a few easy trails at the Stronghold, including a short nature trail and a paved history trail with information about the Chiricahua Apache. If you want to hike deeper into the canyon, try the six-mile round-trip Cochise Stronghold Trail that veers off the nature trail.
© Tim Hull from Moon Tucson, 1st Edition