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Chiricahua National Monument Travel Guide: 114 reviews and 242 photos

Named after the most fierce branch of the Apache tribe, Chiricahua National Monument's signature pinnacles are a fitting reminder of their strong and proud namesakes who once roamed this for them sacred land. Physical beauty in nature instills spiritual feelings in men of all creeds and it's easy to see why the Chiricahua would have been drawn to these powerful, foreboding rock pillars. It was also an obvious choice in which to try and escape their capture by white settlers intent on colonizing the surroundings, with its maze like quality and high points perfect for spotting intruders from a great distance. But colonized it was and with the surrender by Geronimo, it was only a matter of time before the new immigrants forged their way of life and left their imprint. In fact, the National Monument has little to say about its Native American past and dwells more on Swedish settlers and rock spire formation. In time, even if this does not become a full fledged “Indian park,” it is likely more of its illustrious past will be better documented as well it should be. Even without such official validation it is nearly impossible to be here without feeling the spiritual presence of the Chiricahua. Sacred it remains.

politics aside, enjoy

Political debate aside, the volcanically formed spires provide an amazing place to commune with nature, whether it be on its twenty miles of hiking trails, driving the scenic Bonita Canyon Road, or enjoying its tranquilly pretty campground.

  • Last visit to Chiricahua National Monument: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Us either, Don but glad we found it. Thanks for stopping by some more of the Southwest. We fly home from Bogota in the morning so will be on VT more then.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    This is a National Monument I had never even heard of. Yes, "erosion can do wonderful things", I see what you mean. And I like your bird/reptile/flower photos.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2009 at 1:05 AM

    We managed to miss this when in Arizona - what a shame! It's so exactly our sort of place - dramatic rock formations, interesting wildlife and that special "something" that that these sacred native sites have. Enjoyed your great escape story too LOL

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Based on your fantastic photos of this geological wonder, it is no wonder Chiricahua National Monument blew your minds! I loved your collection of odd plants, animals and rocks! Excellent tips too. Good you managed to elude your neighbour!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    This was a great adventure story you told in the midst of hiding form the Indians, and some current day cowboys.

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    The landscape of rock pinnacles of Chiricahua is amazing and the alligator juniper so beautiful! The hike here must be really great. I would enjoy staying in Bonita Canyon Campground with those trees and a river running through... :)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Never heard of this beautiful place either!! What an amazing landscape with these pinnacles and trees and plants and the everpresent sweet moon :-). Oh my, this guy must have been really horrible, good that you could escape :-)

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2009 at 5:55 AM

    A little bird told me that age is catching up! ;-) That opening pix is magical & captured the essence of the place. Btw, tell Doreen to get herself off the page! I want to be the first one to leave a comment, for once ;-)

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    you are such a great partner in crime.... let's do the great escape again....I mean the REALLY great escape :)


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