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Chiricahua National Monument Travel Guide: 114 reviews and 242 photos

We arrived at Chiricahua National Monument on January 30, and found it to be cold (at 8:45 P.M. it was 33 degrees), but very beautiful. Although this park lies in southern Arizona, its 5,160 to 7,365 ft elevations keep it cool in the winters. Twenty seven million years ago a volcanic eruption laid down 2,000 feet of ash and pumice. This ash and pumice fused into rhyolite tuff rock, and today you will see unusual rock formations and spires caused by the erosion of this rock. This 12,000 acre monument is a popular area for hikers and birders. Chiricahua, which was called standing up rocks by the Ciricahua Apaches, is 86 percent designated wilderness, with a number of trails varying in degrees of difficulty which will allow you to hike into the interesting rock formations that make this park unique. Our campground host told us that because of the colder winters, and very hot summers, the most popular time of the year to visit is March through May, and October.

Fort Bowie National Monument

If you are interested in history and have an extra half day to hike into Fort Bowie you will find the area very interesting. Following an old military road, the trail taking you into the monument will lead you past a number of historic areas including the ruins of the Butterfield Stage Station, and a post cemetery. Interpretive signs in the historic areas will tell you the story of the area. The photo taken at the fort is the ruins of the fort's post trader. This trading store was known as Sutler's Store.

This photo shows the ruins of the Fort Bowie 1885 cavalry barracks. Interpretive signs at the fort will give you information about the ruins. For more information about Fort Bowie see my Off the Beaten Path tips.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A wonderful place to explore a beautiful environment.
  • Cons:Summer daytime highs are in the upper 90s, winters bring daytime highs in the 50s and 60s.
  • Last visit to Chiricahua National Monument: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated Dec 27, 2005
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  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2009 at 4:29 AM

    Fabulous tips and photos. I would love to visit Fort Bowie. Sending an early birthday wish. Hope it's dazzling!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Great page Kimberly

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Arizona has some beautiful landscape! I would love to return to see Chiricahua Natl. monument--the Indian ruins are so interesting. Your pics are great...

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2007 at 11:57 PM

    Beautiful Imags on the Chiracahua Nat. Monument! Very helpful information too.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2006 at 3:05 PM

    Love to get my camera in there! "All time favourite walk", mmm, must be good. Great tips as usual.

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2006 at 11:15 AM

    Beautiful. With all the stony passages, no wonder Cochise fled here to escape the army.

  • TinKan's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2005 at 1:37 PM

    We had a wonderful time here. So much to see and a lovley place to just walk.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2005 at 8:39 AM

    The piled high rocks of Chiricahua and the history of Fort Davis make this an overlooked section just south of one of the US's busiest freeways. You certainly didn't overlook it! Nice work.


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