Have You Visited Portal, Arizona?

Have you ever been to Portal, Arizona?  I had not, until recently, until we were out to geocache near Rodeo New Mexico. We made a left turn into the mountains and we sure were in for a nice surprise.

Photo credit Grady Butler
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Portal, Arizona is an unincorporated community in Cochise County. It sits just outside of Cave Creek Canyon, on the east side of the Chiricahua Mountains, and about a 10-mile drive from Rodeo, New Mexico.

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Step Back in Time in Portal, Arizona

Portal is a neat little community, one of the first things you will see when you drive up Portal Road is this neat little Store, Café, and Lodge. Further down the road is the local Library and Post Office.

After you go through Portal you enter Cave Creek Canyon. This is where I really felt like Portal was named so correctly. You get the feeling of being transported into a different place, traveling from the desert to this lush place full of wildlife, water, and nature.

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Portal is Surrounded by Natural Beauty

Take a drive up the canyon and you will see so much beauty. It’s a very special place from Cliffs and caves up above, to beautiful trees, to a flowing stream and waterfalls. It’s also a very popular birding location, with around 400 species of birds. Worth a visit or two. A birdwatchers map HERE.

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Things to Do in Portal

So many things to see in this area. Make sure to see Cave Creek Nature Trail, John Hands Waterfall, Silver Peak, Sunny Flat Campground, Cathedral Rock, Ghost Town of Paradise, and the Chiricahua Desert Museum.

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Geocache in Portal Arizona

If you're an avid geocache fan, be sure to add Portal to your adventure list. You can find out more about geocaching in Portal with this link.

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