|View across playa toward Dragoon Mountains from Hwy 186|
|Public access off Kansas Settlement Road|
|View from 191 overpass, looking across corner of playa toward Willcox|
About 15,000 years ago in Willcox Playa, Lake Cochise reached a maximum depth of 46 feet and covered 140 square miles, maintained by the relatively cool, moist Pleistocene climate. Currently, with a mean annual rainfall of 18.5 inches per year and a mean annual temperature of 90℉, the modern playa can support only shallow, ephemeral ponds that form after heavy rains or snows. The most recent high lake level occurred about 9,000 years ago.
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