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Volcanism and erosion are thought to be behind theformation of towering rock columns and formations in the northwest corner of the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona. The local Apaches called this the 'Land of the Standing-Up Rocks'.
The Chiricahua Mountains are a typical 'sky island' - forested mountains containing unique ecosystems surrounded by harsh Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. Many of the animals, birds and plants are more at home in the Sierra Madre of Mexico, but, of course, Mexico is not far away from here.
These mountains were a homeland and sanctuary for the Chiricahua Apaches, whose most famous leaders, Cochise and Geronimo, sallied forth against the pioneers and soldiers of the late mid-19th century in a vain attempt to stall the hands of time. Just to the northof the Monument, you can find the Fort Bowie National Historic Site, the main US Army post during the Apache Wars.
In the Monument, there is a campground, but no other services - Willcox, 25 miles to the northwest is the nearest town of size - on I-10, though there is a nice B&B in Portal on the eastern side of the mountains, beloved by birdwatchers who love the unique species of birds they can add to their lifetime bird list.
80% of the monument is wilderness, but you can see from the map, that you get a grand overview from the road - Bonita Drive.
- Pros:Geology, Ecology, History and Faraway
- Cons:Hot Summers
- In a nutshell:Prototypical Southwestern Experience
As always, in the desert, water must be carried and conserved. Water is only to be found at the Visitor Center and the... more travel advice
Just north of Chiricahua Nat Mon, is a good dirt road running north off of AZ 186 (the main road into Chiricahua NM off... more travel advice
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