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Chiricahua National Monument

12856 East Rhyolite Creek Road

Chiricahua National Monument is the 8-mile paved scenic drive and 17-miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 11,985 acre site and Chiricahua National Monument is truly one of the National Park Service secret treasures. If you are willing to drive the 37 miles off I-10, you will be surprised to discover a mountain wonderland of trees, wild animals, and the amazing balanced rock and pinnacles that make this place so unique.


Mark Vanoni

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Chiricahua is breathtaking. I went several times as a child and recently took my own kids. They were just as captivated. The Junior Ranger program is a must with kids. I'd highly recommend a ranger-led walk through the historic homestead or around the peak. Campground is nice, but really built for tents.

Tim Marshall

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
You've got to go. Very different from other regions in S.E. AZ We spent the whole day and could have done another easily. Enjoyed the optional 20 some miles of gravel road. We were in a standard vehicle and it was fine.

Alex Ho

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Loved the paved drive up. Caught sunrise at the top with not a single soul in sight. Just wish I had the time to do a hike. Not many visitors at all to this site in April so it was nice and quiet. Camping is great here but no showers.

Fran Snyder

Monday, May 28, 2018
Spectacular balanced rock formations. Worth a journey to visit Good ranger staff. Free water dispenser available at visitors center Experience the beauty from your car or by hikes of 10 minutes to 5 hours.

Caroline Lecaplain

Sunday, May 27, 2018
I did the big loop starting from the visitor center. I recommend doing the following loop by hiking first via the upper rheolite trail because you will experience a steep descent from the heart of rocks loop instead of a steep ascent. All the hikers told me I was back trailing or in the reverse way (that is not a one way hike!) but do not listen to them :) I love the heart of rocks loop. I just wanted to climb all these rocks. That is beautiful. That was fun. The loop is an easy to moderate hike. You can find a lots of shortcuts and make smaller loops in the park. But if you make the big loop and can prove it with selfies and pictures you get a free pin. This park is free!! No fees. That is super cool, do not miss it. Cool lizards as usual, great views of the desert and cool rocks.

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