As more people visit the monument and as more humans begin to occupy these remote places, aesthetic values become increasingly more important and more difficult to maintain. The need and desire for quietude, scenic vistas, and dark night skies challenges us to properly manage noise, air quality, visible impacts and lightscapes, as well as other natural and cultural resources in the monument.
Did You Know?
The first settlers to live in Bonita Canyon were Ja Hu Stafford and his wife Pauline. They originally built a one-room, log cabin in 1880, which grew with his family. You can still see the cabin today at Chiricahua National Monument.