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A rocky detour to Dragoon, Arizona.

Just off I-10, the area has heaps of boulders and history--and even a B & B and a guest ranch

MOST TRAVELERS ON Interstate 10 whiz through the red rock scenery of Arizona's Texas Canyon or pause only briefly at the roadside rest stop there. But if you detour just a few miles east to the settlement of Dragoon, you can lose yourself in a lunar landscape of giant boulders and enjoy a wealth of history, hiking, and mountain biking--for a few hours or an entire weekend.

History buffs can see one of the Southwest's best collections of Native American artifacts in Dragoon, and explore the ruins of an 1800s Butterfield Stage station or thousand-year-old pictographs at Council Rocks, southwest of Dragoon. For hikers and climbers, Cochise Stronghold and Jordan Canyon are sculpted-rock wonderlands in the Dragoon Mountains. And for mountain bikers, a hundred miles of dirt and gravel roads await.

Dragoon is 60 miles east of Tucson. From I-10, take exit 318 (Dragoon Road). At 4,600 feet, Dragoon is 5|degrees~ to 10|degrees~ cooler than Tucson.


Triangle T Guest Ranch, just 1/2 mile off I-10 on Dragoon Road, has eight cabins and a swimming pool nestled among boulders. Rates run from $50 to $60 per night, double occupancy. Finding figures in the rock formations is a favorite pastime for guests (look for the elephants above the pool). The ranch also offers horseback riding and campsites for RVs and tents. Triangle T's dining room (open daily) serves ranch-style food such as barbecued ribs. Telephone (602) 586-7533.

Don't miss the Amerind Foundation, next to the Triangle T. It was founded in 1937 as a nonprofit archaeological research institution, and today its artifact collection and art gallery are world renowned. The foundation is open 10 to 4 daily. Admission costs $3, $2 for seniors and ages 12 through 18. Call 586-3666.

Kelly's Whistlestop B & B, 3 miles east of I-10 on Dragoon Road near the railroad tracks (hence the name), has a guest house with a deck where you can sip coffee and watch the sun rise over nine southern Arizona mountain ranges. Rates with breakfast run from $50 to $55 per night, based on double occupancy. Call 586-7515.

For information about hiking, climbing, and camping in the Dragoon Mountains, call Coronado National Forest at 364-3468.
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Author:Hanson, Roseann
Date:Mar 1, 1993
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