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.
Lightscape / Night Sky
Have you looked up lately and counted the stars? Chances are, if you live in or near a big city, you can only see a few of the millions of stars and planets that fill the night sky. Light pollution can obscure all but the very brightest stars, and most cities do not control excess or unneccessary night lighting. When you venture out into the more uninhabited areas, the night sky comes alive with an uncountable number of stars. The Chiricahua mountains are in an area of spectacular, dark night skies. Some of the world's largest telescopes are located on nearby mountains for just this reason.
Did You Know?
The bush with the pretty red bark is manzanita, which is Spanish for little apple. These small berries are an excellent food source for black bears, coati-mundi, and many birds at Chiricahua National Monument.