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Variety of hikes; pictographs; rappelling

Garden Canyon is one of the more popular hiking areas in the Huachucas. Entry on to Fort Huachuca... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
BudandJan D
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
Great Drive

I haven't hiked up there yet, but this is a great drive with some really interesting pictographs as... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2018
Traildreamin
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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Reviewed June 27, 2016

This canyon has many trails most of which are fairly easy to hike. Good birding and wildlife viewing and picture taking area

Thank Terry P
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Reviewed June 26, 2016

You do need a sponsor to get on the US Army base. The road sign is not clear and it is not on the map they gave us at the gate but we were able to find it. From previous reviews, we thought there would be a sign somewhere stating pedestrians only and a parking lot. We did not see it until we drove to the first petroglyph site. it was very quiet and we saw about a dozen deers. It was in June when we visited so there was not much water in the creek. It was very nice to hike in the woods and smell the pine trees. You can also just walk on the dirt path. I would love to visit again to see the fall colors.

Thank Lulu85715
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Reviewed May 25, 2016

If you are one of the lucky ones to have access to Fort Huachuca, this canyon is well worth a day's worth of hiking and exploring. One of the hidden gems of the Huachuca "Sky Islands'. The road/trail heads up through changing landscape ending in a pass over the south side towards Mexico. You pass historic spots like the petroglyphs left by native inhabitants hundreds of years ago. The wildlife is amazing. The creek that runs down the canyon is a magnet for all kinds of bird, reptile and mammal life. A rich forest habitat provides an escape from the daily grind.

1  Thank DjLeeJ
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Reviewed April 18, 2016

Garden Canyon is in Fort Huachuca military base, dating from 1877, in Sierra Vista, AZ. The initial signing in can be slow but the pass is then good for a month. All persons have to be screened. The Canyon is in a sun belt that has served humanity for many centuries. Potatoes were found here and petroglyphs can be seen at the far end of the canyon. A great place to picnic and let kids run off steam.

Thank arlettadawdy
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Reviewed December 15, 2015

Garden Canyon suffered from severe flooding two years ago and was closed until the damaged culverts were replaced and the road regraded. It's now open again to pedestrians, mountain bikers and hunters. Park at the gate, walk that first mile on pavement, then take the last four miles of dirt road to enjoy the splendor.

It's a lovely walk any time of year. In the summer the tree canopies provide for lush shade. In the fall glorious colors jump out at you, and in the winter and spring, enjoy the solitude of the canyon. Walk the road to its end and come up to Gate 2 and the Crest Trail, hike south and see the vista into Mexico just a quarter mile from Garden Canyon and realize that the canyon is shaped like a bowl, with water and other life-sustaining elements for wildlife.

There are pictographs of our ancient Americans in Garden Canyon. There are many fascinating rock formations. One can spot bear, bobcat, dear and mountain lion if one is careful, but do try to be out of the canyon before dark as this canyon is also popular with border crossers. The USBP do patrol this area at night.

This is a free area, but a military ID is required to enter. Any civilian can apply for a month-long pass to enter Fort Huachuca, in which this canyon is, and that pass is required even when accompanied by a military ID holder. This is part of the nationwide heightened security procedures on all military installations.

5  Thank conniegum
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