Get in Touch
Thanks for contacting us! We'll respond as soon as possible.
 
 

Suggested Articles

 
 
 
Subscribe Pin with Us
5 Awesome Reasons Why Chiricahua National Monument is the Coolest Monument You’ve Never Heard Of

#1 Chiricahua National Monument is one of the hidden gems of the national park and monument system!

Flickr User Karl Agre

Flickr User Karl Agre

Unlike the Grand Canyon National Park, which sees more than five million visitors each year, Chiricahua National Monument sees less than 60, 000 visitors a year. On average, less than a few hundred visitors a day pass through here, making it a much less hectic destination than some other big name locations. Don’t be fooled by the numbers, though. Chiricahua is no less of a spectacular destination that any of Arizona’s other attractions, it’s simply one of Arizona’s best kept secrets. Luckily, we’re here to fill you in on all the awesome things about this natural masterpiece that most people never see!

#2 Chiricahua National Monument has been around since 1924!

anthonymconte.files.wordpress.com

anthonymconte.files.wordpress.com

Even then, people could see what a special place it was! 80% of the national monument, Chiricahua National Monument Historic Designed Landscape, has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2008, also. The monument is just southeast of Wilcox, Arizona. In fact, it’s actually quite near to the Arizona-New Mexico border. Before it became a national monument, the Chiricahua Apache Indians called the Chiricahua Mountains home. In the 19th century, when the U.S. army started seeking out native peoples, Chiriachua became a stronghold.

#3 These rock formations were created over 27 million years ago! 

Flickr User Sandauph

Flickr User Sandauph

Looking at these breathtaking hoodoos and balancing rocks, you might be at a loss trying to determine how they could possibly have been created. The answer is actually fairly simple: a volcano! When nearby Turkey Creek Caldera erupted millions of years ago, it spewed out nearly 2,000 feet of volcanic ash and pumice! When everything cooled, it became rhyolitic tuff. From there on out, nature took the wheel and eroded away portions of the rock layers to create the beautiful formations that we see today. As with any natural landscape, it is continuously changing. Though the processes of erosion are generally too minute to track with the human eye, over time, the formations of Chiricahua National Monument will continue to erode to create even more beautiful vistas!

#4 You can explore most all of Chiricahua National Monument if you’re willing to hike!

Flickr User Alan English CPA

Flickr User Alan English CPA

If you enjoy hiking, then you’ll be in heaven at Chiricahua National Monument! The place has their own hiking guide, available for free download on the National Park Service website! The Echo Canyon trail has a hike to suit everyone. If you’re feeling like a short stroll, hike .8 miles round trip to check out the Echo Canyon Grottoes. For a bit longer of a journey, take Echo Canyon trail out to Hailstone trail and onto Ed Riggs trail. It’s just over three miles worth of beautiful scenery. If you’re feeling especially energetic, hike from Ed Riggs trail, to Mushroom Rock trail, which will lead you to Big Balanced Rock Trail and the Heart of Rocks Loop. This is where you’ll get to witness all of the awesome rock formations that you see in pictures! If you follow along Sarah Deming trail to Rhyolite Canyon trail, you’ll find yourself back at the visitor’s center in just over seven miles.

#5 There are plenty of other activities at Chiricahua National Monument as well!

static.panoramio.com

static.panoramio.com

Don’t worry if hiking isn’t your favorite activity! There are many other options! On a nice day, with tables, grills, trashcans, and restrooms, Chiricahua National Monument is the perfect location for a relaxing picnic. It’s a great place for bird watching, and chances are good that you’ll see some other wildlife too. If photography is your thing, this place is about as picturesque as it gets! If you happen to own your own horse, you’re welcome to ride here. Be sure to makes plans for a historic tour, and you’ll learn a ton about the area. Faraway Ranch House is a high point of the historic district; here you’ll learn about the history of humans in the Chiricahua Mountains! When evening rolls around, don’t forget to look up. The stargazing is great here! Luckily, Bonita Canyon Campground is open year round, so you can even sleep under the stars. Before you leave, be sure to take the Bonita Canyon Scenic Drive. A 360 degree view of Rhyolite Canyon and all of the beauty surrounding it means that this isn’t an adventure to miss!

Cheyenne Reed

Cheyenne Reed was born and raised in Ohio. She recently relocated to rural Wyoming to try out working at an exclusive guest ranch. She graduated from Kent State University with an English degree, and most enjoys writing about travel. If she has free time, you may run into her anywhere, because she is always itching to explore new places. Her personal motto is, "Any day can be an adventure if you make it one!"

You May Also Like

5 Awesome Things To Do In Santa Fe, New Mexico During Thanksgiving Weekend
5 Awesome Things To Do In Santa Fe, New Mexico During Thanksgiving Weekend

Arguably the best city in New Mexico to celebrate Thanksgiving is Santa Fe. It has everything from fine dining, relaxing spas and resorts, skiing in the mountains, to amazing shows. If you’re wondering what to do this Thanksgiving weekend, maybe you should head on up to Santa Fe. Here are 5 reasons why this is

John GhostJohn GhostNov 22, 2016
7 of the Best Places to Spot a Ghost in New Mexico
7 of the Best Places to Spot a Ghost in New Mexico

How fun is ghost hunting? Extremely fun! One of the best ways to face your mortality is by encountering ghosts who haven’t move on. They will remind you that no one lives forever, although, anyone has the potential to haunt forever. With the Halloween season among us, what better way to celebrate than to experience the

John GhostJohn GhostOct 24, 2016
These 8 New Mexico Urban Legends Are As Scary As Hell!
These 8 New Mexico Urban Legends Are As Scary As Hell!

Every state, city, town, neighborhood, school, or even workplace has their share of urban legends. These are 8 urban legends of New Mexico that are super scary as all hell! 1. La Llorona The famous legend of La Llorona (The Crying Woman), has been told and retold in many ways over the years. La Llorona

John GhostJohn GhostOct 22, 2016
6 Things To Do On Halloween Weekend In New Mexico For Less Than 10 Dollars
6 Things To Do On Halloween Weekend In New Mexico For Less Than 10 Dollars

Halloween is a special time of year. It is a holiday that doesn’t exclude anyone. Regardless of age, gender, race, creed, financial status etc, Halloween is fun for everyone. There are a lot of things to do in New Mexico this Halloween. Here is a list of 6 things you can do for less than

John GhostJohn GhostOct 22, 2016
6 Halloween Events and Activities for Adults in New Mexico
6 Halloween Events and Activities for Adults in New Mexico

As the days grow shorter and nights longer, the season of the witch is among us. Halloween is an amazing time of year for children to embrace their creative sides and trick-or-treat for candy. Families have events every weekend to celebrate the harvest. But it’s not just for the kids and the families. Halloween doesn’t exclude

John GhostJohn GhostOct 22, 2016
The 10 Best Halloween Corn Mazes In Arizona
The 10 Best Halloween Corn Mazes In Arizona

With Halloween a little over a week away and only two weekends for family adventures, time is at hand to get out and celebrate the cooler temperatures of the season. These 10 corn mazes are perfect Halloween fun for the the whole family and a great way to get some exercise. 1. Schnepf Farms Pumpkin

John GhostJohn GhostOct 22, 2016
The Absolute Best Pumpkin Patch In New Mexico to Find Your Perfect Pumpkin Match
The Absolute Best Pumpkin Patch In New Mexico to Find Your Perfect Pumpkin Match

Halloween is upon us with just a little over one week to go. Now is the best time to hit up the pumpkin patches to pick out your perfect gourd. A lot of the pumpkin patches have other activities and fun things to buy. You could buy your pumpkin at the grocery store, but where

John GhostJohn GhostOct 22, 2016
7 of the Best Halloween Events in New Mexico for the Whole Family
7 of the Best Halloween Events in New Mexico for the Whole Family

Halloween is a month-long holiday as far as I’m concerned (actually it’s more like a year-round thing with me), which brings me much pleasure. Not only do I enjoy the magic of the season but so do many children. They have October 31st to go out with friends and family trick-or-treating for candy. But There

John GhostJohn GhostOct 19, 2016
These 7 Star Trails Photographed Over New Mexico Will Mesmerize You
These 7 Star Trails Photographed Over New Mexico Will Mesmerize You

Night photography has produced some of my favorite photos. They are simply beautiful, especially star trails. And what better state is there than New Mexico for such photos? These 7 star trail photos are sure to mesmerize and captivate you. 1. Farmington Lake The clouds were out this night but thin enough for the beautiful

John GhostJohn GhostOct 17, 2016