December 18, 2014
Addition of 40 acres to Chiricahua National Monument Protects Park's Natural Gateway
A leading land conservation group and a longtime friend of Chiricahua National Monument (NM) have helped the National Park Service (NPS) preserve an important part of the natural landscape at the park’s main entrance. On Wednesday, December 17, NPS and The Trust for Public Land (TPL) successfully completed the transfer of 40 acres along Pinery Canyon Road, less than 500 feet from the park entrance station. This acquisition will allow Chiricahua NM to preserve undeveloped more of the gateway viewshed. The land includes part of Erickson Ridge, a prominent topographical feature. Historically, the property lies in an area crossed by Buffalo Soldiers in the 19th century as they patrolled Pinery Canyon.
November 20, 2014
Cochise County National Park Service Sites Close Visitor Centers for Thanksgiving Holiday
Superintendent H. Lane Baker announced today that thevisitor centers at Chiricahua National Monument (NM), Coronado National Memorial (NMem), and Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NHS) will be closed on Thursday, November 27, so that the staff may enjoy the holiday with family and friends. The parks remain open to the public, and visitors will have access to the scenic drives, picnics areas, and hiking trails at all three parks, as well as the campground at Chiricahua NM. The visitor centers will return to regular hours on Friday, November 28.
November 05, 2014
Chiricahua National Monument Eliminates Park Entrance Fee, Moves Campground to Reservation System
Superintendent H. Lane Baker announced today that park entrance fees for Chiricahua National Monument (NM) have been eliminated and all visitors are now able to enter the park for free.
October 01, 2014
Cochise County National Park Service Sites Begin Fall Operations on October 13th
Superintendent H. Lane Baker has announced the fall seasonal operating hours of the three National Park Service sites in Cochise County - Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The following hours and operations are in effect from October 13 – November 30, 2014.
August 28, 2014
Superintendent Compendium Updated to Restrict Drone Use in National Park Service Sites in Cochise County
Southeast Arizona Group Superintendent H. Lane Baker announced today that the “Superintendent’s Compendiums” covering the three National Park Service (NPS) sites in Cochise County have been updated with language restricting the use of unmanned aircraft, commonly referred to as “drones”, within the park boundaries. The restriction also applies to other unmanned aircraft including quadcopters and model airplanes. The Southeast Arizona Group is comprised of Chiricahua National Monument (NM), Coronado National Memorial (NMem), and Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NHS).
July 25, 2014
National Park Tourism to Cochise County Creates Nearly $8 Million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 141,665 visitors to the three parks in Cochise County spent $7,907,200 in communities near the parks in 2013. That spending supported 104 jobs in the local area. The NPS sites in Cochise County are managed as the “Southeast Arizona Group” and include Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. Visitors to these three sites spend time and money, and help create jobs, in the surrounding cities and towns including Sierra Vista, Douglas, Safford, Bisbee, and Willcox, as well as in the communities of Hereford, Palominas, Pearce, Sunsites, Elfrida, and Bowie.
July 10, 2014
Arrival of Monsoon Signals Easing of Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona - July 2014
Effective Friday, July 11, all fire restrictions lifted in southeastern Arizona. Due to widespread precipitation across the area, additional rain in the weather forecast, increased relative humidity, and a rise in moisture in live and dead trees, brush, and grass, it has been determined that the likelihood of wildfire has lessened to the degree that the restrictions can be rescinded.
June 30, 2014
Portions of Bonita Canyon Campground Closed in Anticipation of Monsoon Flooding
Chiricahua National Monument Acting Superintendent Matt Stoffolano announced today that portions of the Bonita Canyon Campground will be closed beginning Monday, July 7. The campground is located near the mouth of Bonita Canyon and several streams flow through the vicinity. In anticipation of heavy monsoon rains, around 10 of the 25 sites in the campground will be closed for the next few months.
June 04, 2014
Dry Conditions Trigger Increased Fire Restrictions in Southeastern Arizona 2014
Effective Thursday, June 5, the Bureau of Land Management Gila District, all districts of the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacácori National Historical Park, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument will increase campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona, consistent with Arizona State Forestry Division fire restrictions already in place statewide.
May 27, 2014
Chiricahua NM Waives Entrance and Camping Fees This Summer
Acting Superintendent Matt Stoffolano announced today that effective June 1, 2014, Chiricahua National Monument (NM) will waive all entrance and camping fees for the summer season.