To Friends Of
Cave Creek Canyon


      Northern Pygmy-Owl         Bettina Arrigoni
        Elf Owl   
      Whiskered Screech-Owl
Bettina Arrigoni     

Baby Spotted Owls
Rose Ann Rowlett


Dori Brooks took this sequence of 2 Canyon Towhees from eggs to fledgling.  Watch the development of both size and feathers.  Thanks Dori!
7/9                                       7/11
7/12                                  7/14  
7/15                               7/16

On 7/17 They Fledged Successfully


Slate-throated Redstart

[Image Jackie Lewis]

This picture was taken on the west side of Onion Saddle, below former Pinery Campgroud.

This is a very unusual bird for this area and many people have come to see it. There appears to be a nesting pair, possibly both Slate-throated or one Slate-throated and Painted Redstart the other.


Black-throated Gray Warbler on nest in South Fork 
- Bettina Arrigoni

More Great Images

      Blue-throated Hummingbird
         [AKA "Mountain Gem"]                    Bridled Titmouse
[Images by Steve Maslowski]
  Rodeo Sunset by Karin McQuillan

You can certainly see how the Ring-tailed Cat got its name.

Taken by Ken Jennings at Cave Creek Ranch

Stories of the Past

The Chiricahua Bullsheet, an entertaining and highly opinionated newsletter and journal of local history written by Carson Morrow
Courtesy of Dick Zweifel

December 23, 1957       Galeyville
The town took its name from the founder, John H. Galey, he discovered some silver ore just west of the old Townsite and sold the mine to a man by the name of Wessels for  one hundred thousand dollars in October 1880. 

We know this to be true from the original sales agreement bearing Galey's signature, which is all the documentary evidence at hand. He named his mine the !!Texas! which indicated that he was either a Texan or felt sure that it wouldn't amount to much. 

The town and smelter were located on a mesa a short distance west of Turkey Creek and about two miles North of Paradise.   No census was ever taken but judging from old stories and from the building sites there were probably about one hundred fifty regular residents, supplemented from time to time by hundreds of visitors, good and bad, mostly bad.   Billy the Kid; Big Foot Wallace; Curly Bill Brosius and his numerous followers were frequently there.

There have been a lot of Blood and thunder stories told and written about Galeyville, but if they are true, you can come to one of two conclusions, either those people practiced cannibalism or they were the worlds poorest shots as the graveyard had exactly three graves after the smoke had cleared and the population had departed entirely.

According to .... Galey never could make ends meet on his mining and smelting venture until after Curley Bill robbed the Mexican smugglers in Skeleton Canyon and brought their loot to Ga1eyvi11e and blew it on wine, women and song. 

Galey acquired something over two hundred thousand of the Mexican Silver Pesos at reduced rates and ran them through his smelter to sweeten up the values of the low grade ore. In that manner he not only recovered the silver in the form of salable bullion but boosted up the figures on his smelter certificates, which enabled him to sell out to Wessels
Coming Events
       Where:    The new Geronimo Event Center next 
to the Chiricahua Desert Museum. 
Location:   NM 80 & Portal Road  - Just North of Rodeo, NM
       When:         Friday , July 29th - July 30th, 2016 
Detailed Schedule: (Click here) 
Go to the new Web Site for more information and registration www.cwpbioblitz.com 
A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to  
record all the living species within a designated area. Teams of volunteer scientists, naturalists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible during an intensive field study over a continuous time period.

Celebrating Our Natural and Cultural Heritage!
At the New Geronimo Event Center 
 Professional Presentations 
Great Food
[Details to follow]

Spring Garden Party  May 21, 2016
Here are a few pictures from this fun event.
To see more images go here



This is the desert of SE Arizona??????

Yes, on a hot June day.......Really!

Just another of the different life zones of this unique area.

[The Hiking Club]




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:  
Tom Arny, Bob and Bettina Arrigoni, Nancy and Thomas Denney, Bud and Kate Fackelman, Mary George, Bill and Sally Hague, Paul Hirt and Linda Jakse, Leuthold Family Foundation,  Barbara Lounsbery,  Patrick McNamara, John and Karin McQuillan, Barbara and Pete Miller, Richard and Patricia Parran, Tom Roseman and Paula Baldwin, Delia Scholes, 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.    
                     Birders B & B
                 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
                     Quailway Cottage                                      Mercury Websites
                   Rodeo Tavern                                     Portal Peak Lodge & Cafe                  The George Walker House                             Painted Pony Resort
Business Memberships start at just $50.00!