To Friends Of
Cave Creek Canyon
In September, 2014 Hurricane Odile struck the Chiricahua Mountains.  Most of us here had never seen anything like it.  it rained, and rained, and rained.  Over 5" fell overnight in Portal and probably double that or more in the higher elevations.  Incredible damage was inflicted, especially on the So. Fork Cave Creek drainage.

(Sept. 2014 by Cecil Williams)
The South Fork Rd. is one the most popular bird watching areas in all of the Southwest and the nation.  The road closing precluded many from visiting and others from easily enjoying the area.

Almost 14 months to the day that the road was closed, we had  the opportunity to personally re-open the road on Saturday, Nov.22, 2015.  Ironically, we were some of the very last people to be on the road immediately after the hurricane -  we had to get out quickly!

It was an honor to re-open this incredible area to more people.  Please enjoy and drive carefully in this special, special area.
                            Mike and Cecil Williams and Ron Kaczor [center].


Cave Creek Canyon
Forest Service Visitor Center

 With the support of volunteers and Ron Kaczor Friends of Cave Creek Canyon and the Forest Service have arranged to have the Forest Service Visitor Center opened most weekends through the end of the year.

    We are planning on having the Center open at least 3 days/week through all of 2016.

Are you interested in volunteering at least one or more days [9 am - 4 pm] per month in 2016?  If so please contact Reed Peters at 520-558-1045 or

The Sublime Fall Colors of the Chiricahuas

3 By 

These 2 by Steve Wolfe

4 Images By Cecil Williams

Above By Susan Mittelstadt

Editor's Favorite [after his wife's]
Image by Steve Wolfe

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Save Taxes and Make a FOCCC Donation
by Kate Fackelman

If you have a Traditional IRA and are over 70 1/2, you are probably familiar with RMD requirements. RMD stands for required minimum distribution which is based on the amount in your IRA account at the end of the previous year. For a number of years, taxpayers have been able to give a charitable donation(s) from their IRA's (including, but not limited to, the required RMD) directly to their favorite cause.

Usually, at the same time, this money is excluded from their income (remember it hasn't been taxed before), potentially reducing the amount of income they will be reporting for tax purposes. [Check with your CPA]

The money allocated to charity goes directly from your IRA to the charity. Using this means of giving, you never get your hands on the donated money - this is as close to painless as it gets!

Since this great opportunity is usually passed by Congress at the very last minute, usually after mid-November, give your instructions to your IRA manager. If you call, follow up with an email so there is no question of what you want to do. If this "extension" does not pass, I believe that you have until the end of January 2016 to have the funds directed to you. If you have not understood the above, please check with your IRA manager or CPA to get a better explanation.




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


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Thanks to our "Sustainer's Circle" members 
for their generous support:  

Bob and Bettina Arrigoni, Nancy and Thomas Denney, Bud and Kate Fackelman, Mary George, Paul Hirt and Linda Jakse, Pi Irwin, Leuthold Family Foundation,  Barbara Lounsbery,  Patrick McNamara, Barb and Pete Miller, Richard and Patricia Parran, Tom Roseman and Paula Baldwin, Sarah and Keith Thomson, Mike and Cecil Williams 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                                   Orchid Davis   

                 Sky Island Rolfing                                      Wynne Brown LLC

                  Chiricahua Gallery             Everett Jones Realestate (Helen Snyder)

            Pi Irwin & Zsombor Zoltan                            Ed Newbold Wildlife Artist

                   Magic Brush                                               Mercury Websites

                   Rodeo Tavern                                     Portal Peak Lodge & Cafe                  The George Walker House                             Painted Pony Resort

               Quailway Cottage


Business Memberships start at just $50.00!