To  Cave Creek 
               Canyon  Friends

The Forest Service Campgrounds will be closed on Monday, 3/23.  Dispersed camping will continue to be allowed.


 It's a Great Year
                     For Poppies 

[Photos by Tony Donaldson]

Pictures of Cave Creek Canyon by Kristian McIntrye

                Great Horned Owl           Former Acorn Woodpecker
                                                    Granary Tree

One of the reasons it is called Cave Creek Canyon

Visitor Information Center Is Closed 
in Response to COVID-19 

Forest Service established campgrounds will be closed on 3/23/20.  
Dispersed camping will still be allowed.
The forest remains open.
Call (520) 558-2221 or (520) 388-8436 for Information

Certain visitors keep coming - they aren't worried about the virus!
               Blue-throated Mountain-Gem
                [Photo by Steve Wolfe]                             [Photo by Cecil Williams]

A Most Unusual Sighting!
Seen South of Rodeo, Near Apache

Magnificent Frigatebird

This large bird is 35-44" long, with a wing span of 85-88".   Magnificent Frigatebirds are commonly found in the Sea of Cortez and Gulf of Mexico and the bordering coastlines, which is probably from where this bird came.  

 Thanks to Dawn Zappone for spotting this bird and the picture!


On March 11, we held a community meeting on the Project.  Over 40 people were present.  Many comments and suggestions were presented.  These suggestions will all be considered as FOCCC and the Forest Service continue to develop the Project.

Different components and placement include handicapped accessible trail, vault toilet, picnic tables, benches, educational kiosk and trail, staging area, signage and other trails.

This project must go through the approval process with the Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service.  We hope to begin the project in the Fall of 2020.  There will be no major work done during the nesting season.      

The Forest Service has been extremely supportive of this large project and has been fully involved in its development.  The estimated cost is upwards of $150,000.  The Forest Service will be providing staff time, supervision of the project and other components.

Friends of Cave Creek  Canyon is responsible for raising all the $150,000.   

Donations and pledges now total about $70,000.  We have raised  over one-half of the needed funding.    

Will you make a donation  or a pledge  to support this project?

Contact Mike Williams at 

Pictures by Tony Donaldson
Harris's Hawk

Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk

FOCCC 2020 Officers and Board

Reed Peters         President                                     Other Board Members  
Sheri Ashley        Vice President                      Bob Ashley        
Mike Williams      Vice President 
                   Alan Craig           Rene Donaldson
Rick Beno 
Cecil Williams 
  Kim Vacariu
Pat Parran            Secretary
FOCCC Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday morning each month  at the Chiricahua Desert Museum on Highway 80.  If you have interest in attending or putting something on the agenda, please contact President Reed Peters at 520-558-2334.  All members are welcome to attend.




Friends Of Cave Creek Canyon
PO Box 16126
Portal, Arizona 85632


Visit Our Website 


Thanks to our "Sustainer's Circle" and Lifetime Members 
for their generous support:  
Kirby Alguire, Tom Arny, Bob and Bettina Arrigoni, Susan Dalby & Eskild Peterson, Stephen Durkovich, L. Syrene Forsman, Mary George, Bill and Sally Hague, Paul Hirt and Linda Jakse, Fritz and Gayle Jandry, Don Hollister, Claudia Kirscher, Mike  Leuthold,  Barbara Lounsbery,  Patrick McNamara, John and Karin McQuillan, Barbara and Pete Miller, Patricia Parran, Cecilia Raak, Tom Roseman and Paula Baldwin, Delia Scholes and Ed Newbold, John and Linda Sumner, Jeff and Alice Wakefield, and Bob and Sherry Zoellick.

Please support our Business Members  who  have given generously to Friends Of Cave Creek Canyon.  Without their assistance, we would be hard pressed to accomplish our goals. Click on their names to check out their websites.    
                 Cave Creek Ranch                           Chiricahua Desert Museum
             Naturalist Journeys, LLC                             A.S.K. Pest Control
                 Sky Island Rolfing                                           Wynne Brown 
                   Chiricahua Gallery                                      Daussin & Associates
                   Casa Petra Vera                                      Ed Newbold Wildlife Artist    
                     Quailway Cottage                                    Sky Island Lodge
            Sky Island Grill & Grocery                        The George Walker House      
Portal Peak Store and Lodge                            Umphres Propane
                     Gardenwerks                                            Ol' Morani Ranch
Business Memberships start at just $50.00!