Garden Canyon lies in the Huachuca Mountains, in Fort Huachuca.  The canyon is well maintained by the fort.  It has a variety of plant and wildlife.  Visitors will see wildflowers, mammals and birds.  Garden Canyon is known for its butterflies.  As a matter of fact, a butterfly checklist of f Fort Huachuca was published in 1997.

During a visit to Garden Canyon, you might run across mule deer, pronghorns and javelinas.  In one section of the canyon called the Upper Picnic Area, visitors will encounter a terrific birding area.  The Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Elegant Trogon and the Painted Redstart are some of the unique birds found in this spot.

If you want to continue past the Upper Picnic Area, along Scheelite Canyon Trail, it is advisable to have a four-wheel drive vehicle because the road is not maintained.  In this part of the canyon, you might see Mexican Spotted Owls.

The canyon is home to many ongoing archaeological studies, especially at a prehistoric village near the opening of the canyon.  You can see rock paintings at higher elevations in the canyon.  Some of the art is dated back to 1200 AD.  There is a white eagle painting believed to be done by Apaches in the 18th century.

Admission to the Garden Canyon is free.  Drivers will however have to show proof of insurance, vehicle registration and a driver’s license at the fort’s gate.  For more information on this canyon, you can call 520-533-7083 or 520-533-7084.

You can get to Garden Canyon by heading to the west side of Sierra Vista or to the south end of Fort Huachuca.  Enter at the main gate of Fort Huachuca off of Fry Boulevard.  Take the main road into Fort Huachuca for 2 miles.  Then follow the signs to Garden Canyon.

When starting out from the town of Bisbee, head east on State Highway 80 to the small town of Lowell.  Then take State Highway 92 southwest, as you drive along, you will find the highway will begin to head north.  Continue to travel on State Highway 92, until it crosses State Highway 90.  Here you will take State Highway 90 east into the town of Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca.  Once in town enter at the main gate of Fort Huachuca off of Fry Boulevard.  Take the main road into Fort Huachuca for 2 miles.  Then follow the signs to Garden Canyon.

Coming from the town of Tombstone, take State Highway 80 south out of town.  Follow State Highway 80 through the town of Bisbee to the small town of Lowell.  Here you will find State Highway 92.  Take State Highway 92 southwest, after traveling on the highway it will begin to turn and head north.  Continue to travel on State Highway 92, until it crosses State Highway 90.  Then take State Highway 90 east into the town of Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca.  Once in town enter at the main gate of Fort Huachuca off of Fry Boulevard.  Take the main road into Fort Huachuca for 2 miles.  Then follow the signs to Garden Canyon.

The simplest way to get to the Garden Canyon from Benson is to take Interstate 10 east for a very short time, until you come to the State Highway 90 exit.  Take State Highway 90 south down to Fort Huachuca.  Once in town enter at the main gate of Fort Huachuca off of Fry Boulevard.  Take the main road into Fort Huachuca for 2 miles.  Then follow the signs to Garden Canyon.