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    Chiricahua

    National Monument Arizona

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  • Visitor Center Summer Hours in Effect Beginning May 1, 2014

    Summer hours are in effect for the visitor center from May 1 - October 12, 2014 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. The hikers' shuttle will leave the visitor center at 9 am. For more information call 520-824-3560 0. More »

  • Entrance and Camping Fees Waived this Summer

    From June 1 through September 30, all entrance fees will be waived and federal lands passes will not be available for purchase at the park. More »

  • Mushroom Rock Trail Closed to Horses, Hikers Use Caution

    Mushroom Rock Trail is closed to horses due to hazardous conditions caused by recent flooding. Hikers use caution. Trail is washed out in place and may be difficult to follow.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where is the monument?
You will not find a specific plaque or statue marking Chiricahua National Monument. In this case, monument means the land was set aside by a presidential proclamation not an act of Congress like a national park.

2. How do you say this name?
Chiricahua is pronounced cheer-i-cow-ah with a long e and short i vowel sounds.

3. What does Chiricahua mean?
According to Jesuit Juan Nentvig writing from northwest Mexico between 1750 and 1767, the name is an Opata word meaning wild turkey. This mountain range was originally known for all the wild turkeys found here. By the mid-1900s most of the turkeys were gone. Gould's wild turkeys were released in 2003 back into the Chiricahua Mountains by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

4. What time does the monument close?
The monument is always open. The visitor center hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. It is closed December 25. Remember most of Arizona does not use Daylight Savings Time. Occassionally, the scenic drive will be closed beyond the campground due to snow, ice, or fallen rocks.

5. When is the busy season?
Spring, March and April, are the busiest months of the year. The campground will be full on a daily basis. Parking can be challenging. Summer has the least visitation.

6. Do the creeks ever flow?
Traditionally the creeks run in spring during snow melt and late summer during the monsoon.

7. What animals will I see during my visit?
Arizona white-tail deer are the most frequently seen animal. You might get lucky and spot a black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, grey fox, or coati-mundi crossing the road. Lizards and snakes are active in summer. Birds vary with the seasons.

8. Do I need reservations for the campsites?
No, reservations are not accepted for the individual campsites. See the campground information page for more details.

9. Where is the closest gas station?
The closest gas stations are in Sunizona, 27 miles southwest of the monument, or in Willcox, 37 miles northwest.

10. Does it snow at Chiricahua National Monument?
Yes, an average of 12 inches of snow falls throughout winter. Storms will drop a few inches at a time that is on the ground for a week before the snow melts and another storm rolls through the area. You could expect snow anytime between November and April.

Did You Know?

Coues buck

The deer you see at Chiricahua National Monument are Arizona white-tailed deer, also called Coues deer. It is one of the smallest subspecies of white-tailed deer found in North America.