Mt Graham north; Klondyke/Aravaipa northwest; Chiricahua Monument southeast.
February 28, 2016 – I recently spent several days in the area around Willcox, Arizona. North of Willcox is massive Mount Graham, one of Arizona’s “Sky Islands”, with diversity ranging from desert at 3,500 feet elevation to sub-alpine at over 10,000 feet. There was still snow up there and the road was closed in the upper reaches. I didn’t think to take my snowshoes when planning this trip to southern Arizona! Northwest of Willcox and serving as drainage for the west side of Mount Graham are Sulpher Springs Valley, the abandoned store at Klondyke and further on, Aravaipa Creek (click here) . South of Willcox are the Chiricahua Mountains, with Chiricahua National Monument and its unusual rock formations on the west side (click here) and Apache Springs and Fort Bowie National Historic Site on the east side.