Last summer I was on a camping trip in the Pinaleño Mountains of southeastern Arizona and came upon a campsite filled with huge boulders that seemed carefully placed and oddly alien-like in their appearance.
I can’t wait to get back for another camping trip on this beautiful mountain. With 7000 feet of vertical relief, more than any other range in the state, the 36 mile drive (half of which is on rough dirt road) from the base to the view from the top by Riggs Flat Lake is worth it and spectacular. On clear days one can see past the Aravaipa Valley, the Galiuro Mountains, the Rincon Mountains and to Kitt Peak Observatory, which is over 150 miles away, is visible.
The Pinaleños are part of Coronado National Forest and managed by the Safford Ranger District. http://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado
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