Portal AZ Area information

Groceries and Supplies

The Portal Store and the Rodeo Grocery sell a small selection of general items, including limited food items. It is strongly recommended that you purchase groceries and supplies in Demming (coming from the east) or Wilcox (coming from Tucson). The closest full service grocery store is the Super Walmart in Douglas, which is 60 miles south.

Dining Out

The Portal Store and Cafe (520-558-2223) serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hours and days open vary, depending on the season.

Portal Store and Café

The Rodeo Tavern serves shrimp dinners on Wednesday evenings, pizza on Thursday evenings, and a varied menu on Friday and Saturday night. They open at 5:00pm Wednesday through Saturday, and remember that during daylight Savings, Rodeo is 1 hour later than Portal. Owners Rob and Debbie Bernard are your hosts. 575-557-2229

The Rodeo Tavern

The Rodeo Grocery Store and Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch 8:00AM to 3:00PM. Groceries are available 8:30AM to 6:00PM. Closed Sunday. Lots of old timers in there on a regular basis to shoot the bull with. Fun place!! 575-557-2295


The Sky Island Grill & Grocery is open for lunch daily. Monday – Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM. (All times are New Mexico time.) Located along Portal Road between Highway 80 and the state line. (575) 557-1234


There are no service stations in Portal or Rodeo. It is advisable to fill your tank at Lordsburg (coming from the east), San Simon (coming from the west) or Douglas (coming from the south).

Daylight Savings Time

Arizona does not observe daylight savings time. During those months we are 1 hour behind New Mexico. Please keep this in mind if you plan to do anything in Rodeo.

What’s In Portal?

The Post Office is located just down the street from the Portal Store and Cafe.

The Myrtle Kraft Library, located next to the Post Office, is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm. Internet terminals are available.

Houses of Worship

Rodeo First Baptist Church
Service at 11:00am, New Mexico time

San Felipe De Neri Catholic Church, Rodeo

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
520-558-3501 (Hours are Arizona time)
9am Sacrament
10am Sunday School or PH/RH

Area attractions and things to do

Camping, Hiking & Horseback Riding

The Coronado National Forest has numerous trails of all lengths and varying degrees of difficulty. The Forest Service also maintains some excellent campgrounds. Contact the ranger station for more detail.

Horseback riding is available at Hideout Ranch, a few miles south of Rodeo. The Cave Creek Ranch office can make reservations for our guests and arrange transportation.

Reed Peters horseback riding at Hideout Ranch

Museums, Galleries and Gift Shops

Chiricahua Desert Museum, located at the intersection of Route 80 and Portal Road, has a large gift shop and one of the best rattlesnake displays in the Southwest.

Chiricahua Gallery, located in a former church in Rodeo, offers an excellent selection of hand crafted items and original art work.


The American Museum of Natural History operates its famous Southwestern Research Station in the canyon about 4 miles from the ranger station. Scientists come from all over the world to study the area’s unique reptiles, amphibians, insects, plants, mammals, and birds. The gift shop is open daily from 8:00am to 12:pm and 1:00pm to 5:00pm. www.research.amnh.org/swrs/

Other Nearby Attractions

Queen Mine Tour

Fort Bowie

Gadsden Hotel


Kartchner Caverns


Cochise Monument

Lavender Pit

Climate at Cave Creek Ranch

April through May expect cool nights and early mornings (60s) and warm to hot afternoons (mid-80s to 90s). This period is usually dry.

June and early July, expect nights in the high 60s or low 70s and hot days, in the 90s. Summer rains may start in mid-July. July through mid-September is the “monsoon” season, with mornings in the high 60s and days as high as the 90s but dropping with sometimes daily thunderstorms (can drop to the 70s).

October through December is dry, and temperatures drop to the 30s to 50s at night and rise to the 60s to 70s in the days; however, sometimes summer temperatures will extend into October.

January through March is “winter” for us, with lows dropping to or below freezing, and highs in the 50s or 60s, sometimes the 40s. It snows in the high country, rains at lower elevations.

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