Chiricahua National Monument

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Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument
5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Monuments & Statues
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The unusual rock formations at this popular hiking site were caused by a massive volcanic eruption 27 million years ago.
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akdoghouse
Anchorage, AK41 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Stunning rock formations and views to the desert floor below. A must see when in the area. 45 minutes from Wilcox. CCC built visitor center a classic for the period it is as built.
Written January 2, 2022
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Jeremiah Z
Roseville, MN2,182 contributions
Oct 2021
This is a gorgeous hidden gem of a park that doesn't get nearly the visitation nowadays. We hiked the 9.5 mi. RT Big Loop and saw all the highlights of the park. We arrived at the Echo Canyon Trailhead at sunrise on Halloween Sunday and were the only vehicle in the parking lot. We hiked the Big Loop counterclockwise as we were told the views were better doing it this way.

The first section of the hike through Echo Park you get really up close and personal with some of the hoodoos, which are similar to Bryce Canyon except that they are brown and gray in color with splashes of green lichen covering them. As you descend into the canyon, we saw splashes of fall color near the "almost" dry creek bed, which added a lot to this section of hike which was in the woods. We next ascended the Sarah Deming Trail (definitely the hardest section of the Big Loop) up to the mesa on the other side, though we didn't feel the elevation gain was terrible and there were views most of the way for us to stop and enjoy.

We then hiked the Heart of Rocks Loop clockwise, which involved a tiny bit of route-finding and a small amount of scrambling but nothing too serious. This part of the hike was so much fun and where all the wackiest rock formations are located in the park. We continued on to Inspiration Point via the spur trail and were greeted with the most spectacular view in the park. We stopped for an early lunch and were in awe of the views down the canyon towards the desert to the west. We completed the eastern portion of the loop (not quite as interesting) and returned to the trailhead.

The only people we saw on the entire hike were a group of three hikers less than a mile before our return to the trailhead. At our return to the trailhead, there were only three other vehicles in the parking lot. The weather was perfect with temps starting in the upper 40s near sunrise and it warmed to the mid-60s around noon. The entire hike took us just over 5 1/2 hours to complete, including stopping for many pics.

We would put the Big Loop as one of the best hikes we've done in the USA national park system. And it really isn't as difficult as a lot of other hikes with similar distances. The remoteness and uncrowdedness just added to the entire experience.
Written December 27, 2021
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PAHWestfield
Westfield, IN284 contributions
Dec 2021
Very very cool rock formations. So cool to get up close and walk around the amazing formations. Also nice to get to the higher points and see the views. The trails are all quite nice and nothing too strenuous in the scheme of things for relatively fit person who is used to hiking trails. Staff at the Visitor Center very helpful. Great place to spend couple days hiking soaking in the trails and views and history.
Written December 17, 2021
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hrtraveler
Colorado856 contributions
Dec 2021
Visited first week of December; the hiking was great and the views were spectacular! The weather was also almost perfect for hiking, so I'd encourage anyone considering a visit to do so.
Written December 17, 2021
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clutchzat@aol.com
Berlin, CT26 contributions
Oct 2021
Beautiful and amazing rock formations, this is truly a great American wonderland. We spent most of the day here, stopping for scenic views, and taking short hikes. ou simply have to go!
Written November 6, 2021
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Nicole P
Overland Park, KS33 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
We wish we had more time to explore these amazing rock formations. The drive is paved and easy, lots of trails you could take but many wondrous vistas right from the main road. Staff was friendly and helpful.
Written November 3, 2021
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Karen A
4 contributions
Oct 2021
What a beautiful area, wish I had more time to get out and hike. It is such a beautiful drive that if you are not able to hike still a nice quiet place to drive to the top just to see all of the beautiful formations of rocks and just dream of the life that used to be here so many years before. Take time to just enjoy the rocks and the peace and quiet.
Written October 22, 2021
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Pete (close acct)
4 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
We were camping near Bowie and visited the Ft Bowie National Historic place. From there, we took the dirt Apache Pass road over to the Chiracauwa National Park. It took a couple hours but the views were spectacular. Nice NP visitors center with very friendly rangers. Campgrounds were full (but we were not looking for that). Drive up Bonita Canyon to Massai Point which was well worth the drive.

Long drive to this park but very glad we checked it off our list!
Written October 7, 2021
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J T
Burley231 contributions
Oct 2021
This was an excellent stop. Park wasn't busy and enjoyed it a lot. Abundant wildlife seen during our visit. Park staff were very helpful. Great views, peaceful. This is on our return to list.
Written October 7, 2021
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Victor B
Tucson, AZ534 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This park “monument” is free to enter. Not sure where the monument is as it just seemed to be a great hiking area to me! That said…What a amazing set of natural rock formations. Do the Echo Canyon Loop hike. It’s about 2 hours. Not too steep but the trail is pretty uneven. It was marked with limited signage so bring your map with you. Get one at the visitor center.
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Written September 13, 2021
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