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“Perfect hiking in a perfect setting”

Chiricahua National Monument
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Willcox
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The unusual rock formations at this popular hiking site were caused by a massive volcanic eruption 27 million years ago.
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Chiricahua (Cheer-a-cow-a) is full of some of the greatest rock formations — an amazing density of them, too. The park contains 17 miles of picturesque trails plus an 8-mile paved one that you can drive through. The views from different trails vary more than you could imagine. Leave yourself several hours to do it properly. The park is not exactly convenient. It's a somewhat lengthy drive from any main road, and the roads are windy enough that one cannot travel too quickly. But if you take the less frequented roads, they are enormously entertaining for more reasons than I can explain in one review. The best bet is to make the adventure a one-day trip.

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

This is a fantastic location. You must enjoy walking in the desert and have more than the basic knowledge and history of this site. Perhaps history, drinking water and an open cultured mind are most essential for this visit. This entire area is inundated with Chiricahua Apache information. Do not be in a hurry else you will consider it a waste of time. Beware of rattlesnakes, summer and winter. Be prepared!
Do a little research on your own BEFORE you visit the Monument. Do not underestimate the power of the sun. Again be prepared! The Park personnel are most helpful and courteous. Enjoy.
I speak from experience, my family ancestor y was very close friends with Geronimo and company.

3  Thank rivets75
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Visited this incredible area today for the first time. It's August, so it's hot, but we wanted to check it out. We hiked up Rhyolite trail + part of Sara Deming Trail, as the shuttle wasn't running due to recent heavy rains closing the road up. We are in moderate shape, took 3 liter of water via Camelback, had 2 sandwiches and gummy bears. We knew we couldn't make it to the Wonderland of Rocks, but we saw incredibly beautiful rock formations by hiking around 3 miles up and 3 miles back. Next time, we are starting out early and doing the entire hike. The creek was running with a small amount of clear water, there is quite a lot of shade for Arizona (trees), grassed, flowers. There was one small rattlesnake who obligingly warned us well before we got too close. We waited for it to leave, and all involved were relieved. There were a few others on the trail, not bad traffic at all. The Ranger station is lovely, with friendly, professional, and helpful staff. The bad part was after we left. We were followed closely by a large SUV with no markings on the hood for several miles. Suddenly, lights were activated. It was Border Patrol. We were told that we were pulled over for having Tucson license plates (we are from Tucson), and for driving below the speed limit (due to the recent intermittent heavy rains, there were rocks on the highway everywhere there was a wash, and I was being careful). So that's all it takes. It was very, very scary.

1  Thank EdDebTucson
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

This park is absolutely amazing and the rock formations will make you just stop and stare. Unfortunately, a ton of the park was devastated by a massive fire a few years ago. Naturally, the rock formations are still there, but the atmosphere of the park isn't nearly what it was. There's charred, disfigured stumps and trunks of trees for acres. I found it somewhat depressing considering I know how beautiful it used to be. I will go here again, but in a few years when hopefully the trees start to regrow and it isn't all ugly and burned and bare. There's some great strenuous hiking trails so if you're in the mood for some exercise, go for it!

1  Thank Wendy L
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Chiricahua offers impressive views over unusual geological formations and the surrounding mountains, but I do not feel as sharing the same enthusiastic max score given by other visitors.
When it comes to National Parks we cannot forget that some of them are just astonishing. If I give top score to Parks like Chiricahua, how would I rate Yosemite, Yellowstone, Bryce, Grand Canyon, etc?
To me Chiricahua is a honest "2nd tier" park, worth a visit if you are passing-by (as we did, and we don't regret we did), even though it means a long drive on back roads. One suggestion: don't forget to observe speed limit and stop signs. The area, although not really crowded, is well patrolled by police cars.

1  Thank timeflyer
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