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.
Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, Millipedes
M.L.Sipes - NPS
The insect pictured is a western Hercules beetle - one of North America's largest! They live in the leaf litter and rotting vegetation on the forest floor. The males have a large horn that protrudes forward, and is sometimes used to spar with other males as a test of strength. Female Hercules beeltles don't have a horn. Each individual has a different arrangement of spots on the back.
Did You Know?
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.