Map of Chiricahua National Monument, southeast Arizona, showing roads, trails and other features. The 8-mile paved scenic drive and miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural Chiricahua National Monument Map. Chiricahua National Monument is a unit of the National Park System located in the Chiricahua Map showing the location of Chiricahua National Monument.

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Before I start talking about the trails, I would like to give you a little history of the Chiricahua National Monument. The Monument is relatively unknown to many people in the U. It encompasses almost 12, acres, much of which is designated as wilderness area. You can enjoy looking at the large variety of plants, reptiles, birds and mammals that the Monument has to offer.

This part of Arizona went through a violent past that began about 27 million years ago when the Turkey Creek Volcano erupted and spewed ash up to feet deep over an area of square miles. The ash particles melted together to form rhyolite, a grayish colored rock that is what makes up the Monument today. Over the preceding years, the land was pushed up and the rhyolite cracked thus allowing water chirucahua ice to enter, breaking the cbiricahua apart. Today the area is dotted with rock formations such as spires, balance rocks and other shapes.

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If you have an active imagination, the rocks will remind you of things such as Duck on the Rock, Punch and Judy, and The Sea Captain to name a few. The Monument reminds me of a mini Bryce Canyon although without the red rock of course. In recent history, the Apache Indians inhabited these chirocahua from the early s. They lived in and defended their homeland from the Spanish, Mexicans, and the Americans that moved into the area.


Inthe last of The Chiricahua Apaches surrendered and were moved to reservations. InSwedish immigrants settled in the area and built Faraway Ranch. Later descendants and momument of the owners mohument the ranch Ed Riggs and his wife worked to build trails to view the rocks, and provided tours for visitors to the area to show off the canyons and rock formations.

Plan Your Visit

On your way natioonal the Monument, make an effort to stop at the Visitors Center. The center offers a short film history of the park and has interesting displays of the canyon history and fauna. From the Visitors Center you can drive to the parking areas at Massai Point or Sugarloaf on kap miles of paved road.

When you are near the end of the road look to the east and you will be looking at the mountains in New Mexico.

Both Massai and Sugarloaf parking lots are at an elevation of around feet above sea level; almost feet higher in elevation than the Visitors Center. Both sites have restrooms and picnic areas along with a trail that connects both parking areas. Here is a hint for those of mpa that want to take it a little easier and see it all: Doing this allows you to plan your route down the trail; enabling you to finish the hike back at the Visitors Center.

There are many ways to hike in the canyons that comprise the Monument but I will give you one that starts and stops at Massai Point. This hike is not very strenuous and is only about 4 miles long. It is a loop trail that starts at Massai Point. As you go down nationla the canyon you intersect with two trails.

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Take the one that goes over to the Echo Canyon Trail. The rock formations along these trails are chiricshua with a lot to view and explore, including one that I call the Gecko.


This area is a group of rocks that have holes carved through them by the elements. The trail is 1.

Echo Canyon Trail finally intersects with two other trails, the first of which is the Upper Rhyolite Trail. Looking down the canyon, you will glimpse the path of the Lower Rhyolite Trail coming from the Visitors Center, along with a view of Sulphur Springs Valley and the Dragoon Mountains immediately beyond.

The second trail, leading back up the canyon, is the Hailstone Trail. Natiohal takes you along the rock formations on both sides of Hunt Canyon. This is the main part of the canyon that you view from Massai Point. Hailstone Trail ends where it splits into two trails. Mobument second trail to the left is the Ed Riggs Trail that takes you back up to the Massai Point parking lot.

The Ed Riggs is. Large Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine, along with other plants, find a home along this part of the trail. The Monument has approximately species of plants within its borders, some of which are unique to the nationsl.

I suggest you take along lunch or a snack, and find a spot along the trail to sit down and enjoy the view. Nationao, Arizona as the place to stay.

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