Huachuca Overview

For some reason it took me a while before I visited the Huachucas, which is unfortunate in hindsight since they offer yet another permutation on the southern Arizona landscape and they contain a large amount of wilderness.  This area feels very wild and remote but is also unusual in that it is highly traveled by humans.  Though instead of recreational hikers most are illegal immigrants and drug smugglers crossing over the Mexico-US border which cuts through the southern foot of the range.  The route along the range crest is probably one of the most strenuous and scenic ways that one could enter the country, but I would guess very few notice the views given the circumstances.  These mountains also have quite a bit of mining, timber, and habitation history.  So when I hike here it's difficult not to consider the large amount of people that occupied this land with a wide variety of durations and experiences, especially when juxtaposed with the immersion in wilderness.


View from northeast to west from the grassy piedmont that extends out from the western foot of the Huachucas, which are mostly obscured by monsoon storms on the left.  The right half of the view looks across San Rafael Valley towards the Patagonia Mountains with only the far right portion extending into the US and the rest of the distant view extending into Mexico.