On June 15, 2008 I took the dirt trans-mountain road that begins near Chiricahua Nat'l Monument on the west side and ends at the main "town" of Portal in the east. If you have the time, and the road isn't too muddy (or closed during the winter), this is the way to first see the Chiricahuas. Here is the view from the road looking east with colorful Cave Creek Canyon in the distance.