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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.

 
February 29, 2012
National Park Service's Southeast Arizona Group = visitors, money, jobs.
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 201,211 visitors in 2010 spent $8,076,000 in the group's three parks, and in nearby communities. The Southeast Arizona Group includes Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The spending at these three parks supported 110 jobs in several local areas.

 

February 9, 2012
Lane Baker named superintendent of three Southeast Arizona national park sites.

Lane Baker, a 25-year veteran of the federal government, has been named superintendent of the National Park Service's (NPS) Southeast Arizona units: Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. She will assume her new duties on March 25.

 

February 6, 2010
Chiricahua National Monument Celebrates Arizona's Centennial with Fee-free Entry on February 14th

In honor of the historic event of Arizona's Centennial, Chiricahua National Monument will offer fee-free entry on Tuesday, February 14th. Visitors who arrive on the anniversary of Arizona's statehood will be allowed to enter free of charge. Those who plan to spend time beyond February 14th will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. Park visitors are reminded that the fee-free designation applies only to entrance fees and does not include camping fees or other user fees. The park entrance station will have Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.

 

December 8, 2011
Bonita Canyon Drive Opens, December 8, 2011, at Chiricahua National Monument
Bonita Canyon Drive, Massai Pt, Echo Canyon, and all areas of Chiricahua National Monument are open to the public. Work began in October to repair the damage to the guardrail along the upper section of the road that was burned during the Horseshoe Two Fire; all repairs have been completed.

 

October 17, 2011
Firewood Permits Available For Chiricahua National Monument
Due to recent fire hazard materials reduction in the monument, 20 firewood permits will be available on a first-come first-served basis on Saturday, October 29, 2011. The cost of the permit is $25.00 and it can only be purchased in person at the visitor center with a personal or cashier's check issued to National Park Service. The visitor center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

August 19, 2011
Trails Re-open at Southeast Arizona Parks
Chiricahua National Monument and Coronado National Memorial continue their efforts to reopen trails and other park facilities as they are assessed and determined safe. Effective immediately, all trails at Chiricahua National Monument and Coronado National Memorial are open to the public. The Bonita Creek Campground at Chiricahua National Monument is also open; however, the scenic drive beyond the campground remains closed.

 
February 19, 2010
Celebrate Archaeology Month with Special Programs
Chiricahua National Monument (NM) and Fort Bowie National Historical Site (NHS) are pleased to announce several special events for the month of March 2010. All these events and programs are being presented in conjunction with Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, an annual celebration sponsored by the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office.
 

February 10, 2010
Love Letters to Emma
Swedish immigrants, Emma Peterson and Neil Erickson, met in the wilds of New Mexico. Neil's persistent pursuit of Emma finally succeeded. They were married in 1887 and settled in Bonita Canyon. Their home, Faraway Ranch, is now part of Chiricahua National Monument.

 
February 5, 2010
Replace Failing Sewer Systems
Public input is being sought regarding the National Park Service’s (NPS) proposed plan to replace four and rehabilitate one of six wastewater systems at Chiricahua National Monument in Willcox, AZ.
 

February 1, 2010
Memorial Service for Park Ranger Paul Fugate
A memorial service commemorating the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Park Ranger Paul Fugate was held at Chiricahua National Monument on January 13, 2010.

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