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    Chiricahua

    National Monument Arizona

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Park Statistics

Chiricahua National Monument was established on April 18, 1924 by President Calvin Coolidge, Proclamation No. 1692 (43 Stat. 1946). The enabling legislation states:

“Whereas, certain natural formations, known as “The Pinnacles”, within the Coronado National Forest, in the State of Arizona, are of scientific interest, and it appears that the public interests will be promoted by reserving as much land as may be necessary for the proper protection therof, as a National Monument.”

 

Acreage

The original monument was 4,238 acres. Current size is 11,985 acres.

· 6,407 acres were added on June 10, 1938 (Presidential Proclamation No. 228;

52 Stat 1551)

· 440 acre Faraway Ranch was added in 1978 (National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978;

PL 96-625, 92 Stat 3473)

· 900 acres, the Bonita Creek Watershed, were added on August 28, 1984 (The Arizona Wilderness Bill PL 98-406, 98 Stat 1491)

Special Note

· 9,440 acres were designated as wilderness on October 20, 1976 with 2 acres as potential wilderness (PL 94-567, 90 Stat 2692)

· 900 acres were designated as wilderness on August 28, 1984 (The Arizona Wilderness Bill PL 98-406, 98 Stat 1491)

Today 86% of the park acres are protected as wilderness.

 

Visitation

2009: 60,851 people

All-time high, 1993: 127,840 people

Lowest year, 1936: 6,015 people

First year visitation statistics were recorded, 1934: 15,331 people.

Check the Public Use Statistics Office website to search for more information.

Did You Know?

Geronimo and Naiche

Southeast Arizona was home to the Chiricahua Apache, under the leadership of Cochise. They surrendered for the final time in 1886 and were sent first to Florida and later to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Many found homes in the hills of today's Chirichaua National Monument.