Visitor Center Fall Hours in Effect Beginning October 13, 2014
Fall hours are in effect for the visitor center from October 13 - November 30, 2014 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. The hikers' shuttle will leave the visitor center at 9 am. For more information call 520-824-3560 x0. More »
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.
Arrival of Monsoon Signals Easing of Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona - July 2014
Contact: Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline, 1-877-864-6985
Effective Friday, July 11, 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, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and the Arizona State Forestry Division will lift all fire restrictions 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grass, it has been determined that the likelihood of wildfire has lessened to the degree that the restrictions can be rescinded.
Visitors are reminded to always practice fire safety. One less spark means one less wildfire.
• Before going hiking or camping, check with public land management agencies for fire regulations, restrictions or
• Metal fire rings or grills should be used where present. Wood placed on a fire should never exceed the size of the
grill or fire ring.
• If building a fire on the ground (in areas where permitted), a location should be selected which is away from
adjoining or overhanging flammable material, and the ground beneath and around the fire should be cleared of all
flammable materials. On windy days fires should be avoided if possible.
• If you have a campfire, make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving the area. Fires should be doused with
water and dirt and stirred with a shovel until completely cold to the touch.
• If you are using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grass, pine needles, leaves, and other fine fuels.
Prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.
• Cigarettes should never be thrown out the window of a vehicle. Always use an ashtray to prevent wildfires.
• Practice Leave No Trace principles - pack out cigarette butts and burned materials from your camping area.
• Never park a vehicle over dead grass; the catalytic converter can ignite the vegetation.
• Maintain vehicle brakes, keep tires properly inflated, and shorten tow chains to prevent sparks.
• Use caution while discharging a firearm, operating an internal combustion engine, welding, or operating acetylene
or other torches with an open flame, or using explosives (where permitted).
• Fireworks are always prohibited on federal lands.
Fire conditions as well as localized closures and restrictions are subject to change. Because tribal, federal, state, and local mandates are different, they may have some differences in their year-round regulations and restriction notices. For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information, please contact the nearest land management agency office, visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov or call the toll-free Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline at 1-877-864-6985.
Did You Know?
Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees of NM-2-A, Company 828, were stationed at Chiricahua National Monument from 1934-1940. The men improved the scenic drive, created the hiking trails, and built most of the structures in use today.