Middlemarch Pass

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Middlemarch Pass winds through the Dragoon Mountains and provides access between Tombstone and Pearce. The US Army cut this pass to facilitate rapid movement between Fort Bowie and the San Pedro Valley in an effort to quell the Chiricahua Apache in the late 19th century. Today the Pass is known for its breathtaking views, hiking, and dispersed camping locations. The Pass starts at North Middlemarch Road, located just outside the infamous town of Tombstone. North Middlemarch Road is generally well graded, and it is easy to travel at moderate speeds until the entrance to the Coronado National Forest. Trail conditions begin to deteriorate in the Pass but can still be overcome by most vehicles. The summer monsoon season regularly wreaks havoc on the Pass, and it is common to find tree limbs and other debris scattered along the route. The only major obstacle throughout the drive is a washed-out portion of the pass located approximately halfway through the trail. High clearance and 4x4 are required to continue past this wash. The Pass returns to relatively tame conditions after passing the obstacle. Those that continue along the Pass are rewarded with spectacular views overlooking the Sulphur Springs Valley. Dispersed camping is not common through the Middlemarch Pass, but several dispersed sites can still be found along the route. Those wishing to camp will find many sites on the west end of the Dragoon Mountains.