Dragoon Springs is located at the northern end of the Dragoon Mountains in Cochise County, Arizona. The springs were an important source of water for Native American people a thousand years ago or more.
In September 1695, Spanish troops camped here. They described this place as muy penascosa, “very rocky”. For the next 150 years, this rocky little mountain range was known as Sierra de la Penascosa.
When, in 1821, the Mexicans won independence from Spain, they too partook of its life-sustaining waters.
And then, in the 1850’s and ‘60’s, came the Americans. And that’s when the trouble started … and when the name changed. From the 1600’s, the Chiricahua Apaches roamed this land; hunting, gathering, and occasionally raiding Mexican and Native American villages. The Chiricahuas considered these mountains and springs theirs.Read More...