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  • Visitor Center Summer Hours in Effect Beginning May 1, 2014

    Summer hours are in effect for the visitor center from May 1 - October 12, 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 0. More »

  • Entrance and Camping Fees Waived this Summer

    From June 1 through September 30, all entrance fees will be waived and federal lands passes will not be available for purchase at the park. 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.

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August 28, 2014
Superintendent Compendium Updated to Restrict Drone Use in National Park Service Sites in Cochise County
Southeast Arizona Group Superintendent H. Lane Baker announced today that the “Superintendent’s Compendiums” covering the three National Park Service (NPS) sites in Cochise County have been updated with language restricting the use of unmanned aircraft, commonly referred to as “drones”, within the park boundaries. The restriction also applies to other unmanned aircraft including quadcopters and model airplanes. The Southeast Arizona Group is comprised of Chiricahua National Monument (NM), Coronado National Memorial (NMem), and Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NHS).

July 25, 2014
National Park Tourism to Cochise County Creates Nearly $8 Million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 141,665 visitors to the three parks in Cochise County spent $7,907,200 in communities near the parks in 2013. That spending supported 104 jobs in the local area. The NPS sites in Cochise County are managed as the “Southeast Arizona Group” and include Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. Visitors to these three sites spend time and money, and help create jobs, in the surrounding cities and towns including Sierra Vista, Douglas, Safford, Bisbee, and Willcox, as well as in the communities of Hereford, Palominas, Pearce, Sunsites, Elfrida, and Bowie.

July 10, 2014
Arrival of Monsoon Signals Easing of Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona - July 2014
Effective Friday, July 11, all fire restrictions lifted 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.

June 30, 2014
Portions of Bonita Canyon Campground Closed in Anticipation of Monsoon Flooding
Chiricahua National Monument Acting Superintendent Matt Stoffolano announced today that portions of the Bonita Canyon Campground will be closed beginning Monday, July 7. The campground is located near the mouth of Bonita Canyon and several streams flow through the vicinity. In anticipation of heavy monsoon rains, around 10 of the 25 sites in the campground will be closed for the next few months.

June 04, 2014
Dry Conditions Trigger Increased Fire Restrictions in Southeastern Arizona 2014
Effective Thursday, June 5, 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, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument will increase campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona, consistent with Arizona State Forestry Division fire restrictions already in place statewide.

May 27, 2014
Chiricahua NM Waives Entrance and Camping Fees This Summer
Acting Superintendent Matt Stoffolano announced today that effective June 1, 2014, Chiricahua National Monument (NM) will waive all entrance and camping fees for the summer season.

April 30, 2014
Dry Conditions Trigger Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona May, 2014
Effective Thursday, May 1, the Gila District of the Bureau of Land Management, all districts of 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, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument will implement campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona, consistent with Arizona State Forestry Division fire restrictions already in place statewide.

April 22, 2014
Cochise County National Park Service Sites Begin Summer Operations on May 1st
Superintendent H. Lane Baker has announced the summer seasonal operating hours of the three National Park Service sites in Cochise County - Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The following hours and operations are in effect from May 1 – October 12, 2014.

April 14, 2014
Chiricahua National Monument Offers Free Entry This Weekend in Celebration of the Beginning of National Park Week
In celebration of the opening weekend of National Park Week, Chiricahua National Monument (NM) will waive entrance fees on Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20. The free entry is offered as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage people to visit and experience the many wonders of national park sites across the country. The National Park System includes 401 units and amazingly, 268 of those never charge an entrance fee. Among these are the two other National Park Service (NPS) sites in Cochise County: Coronado National Memorial and Fort Bowie National Historic Site.

March 03, 2014
National Park Tourism to Cochise County Creates 8 Million Dollars in Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 107 jobs in local economy

February 07, 2014
Chiricahua National Monument Offers Free Entry Over Presidents Day Weekend
In celebration of Presidents Day weekend, Chiricahua National Monument (NM) will waive entrance fees from Saturday, February 15 through Monday, February 17. The free entry is offered as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage people to visit and experience the many wonders of national park sites across the country. The National Park System includes 401 units and amazingly, 268 of those never charge an entrance fee. Among these are the two other National Park Service (NPS) sites in Cochise County: Coronado National Memorial and Fort Bowie National Historic Site.

January 14, 2014
Chiricahua National Monument Offers Dark Sky Viewing Programs Beginning This Weekend
Chiricahua National Monument (NM) Superintendent H. Lane Baker announced today that the monument will offer a series of ranger-led dark sky viewing opportunities this winter. “The Chiricahua Mountains are in an area of spectacular dark night skies,” said Baker. “Some of the world's largest telescopes are located on nearby peaks for just that reason. Many people have never experienced truly dark skies; we are excited for the opportunity to share the wonder and secrets of our dark skies with the public.”

January 14, 2014
Chiricahua National Monument Offers Free Entry on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Chiricahua National Monument (NM) will waive entrance fees on Monday, January 20, 2014. The free entry is offered as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage people to visit and experience the many wonders of national park sites across America. The National Park System includes 401 units and amazingly, 268 of those never charge an entrance fee. Among these are the two other National Park Service (NPS) sites in Cochise County: Coronado National Memorial and Fort Bowie National Historic Site.

November 15, 2013
Cochise County National Park Service Sites Announce Seasonal Operations
Superintendent H. Lane Baker has announced the seasonal operating hours of the three National Park Service sites in Cochise County - Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. New this year, all three park visitor centers will be open on Thanksgiving Day. “We recognize the holidays are a popular time for many local residents to bring guests out to experience our national parks,” said Baker. “This year we’d like to make sure those visitors have the opportunity to fully enjoy our parks and visit with a ranger over the Thanksgiving holiday.”

November 06, 2013
Visit Chiricahua National Monument for Free During Veterans Day Weekend
Chiricahua National Monument – along with all 401 units of the national park system – will waive entrance fees for all visitors during the upcoming Veterans Day weekend (November 9-11) in appreciation of the service and sacrifice of both active and retired military personnel. From frontier forts to World War II battlefields, more than 70 national park units have direct connections to the military. In highlighting the significance of Veterans Day weekend across America, NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis stated, “We are grateful for the service and sacrifice of military members, past and present, and honored to tell their story at many of our national park areas.”

 
February 29, 2012
National Park Service's Southeast Arizona Group = visitors, money, jobs.
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 201,211 visitors in 2010 spent $8,076,000 in the group's three parks, and in nearby communities. The Southeast Arizona Group includes Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The spending at these three parks supported 110 jobs in several local areas.

 

February 9, 2012
Lane Baker named superintendent of three Southeast Arizona national park sites.

Lane Baker, a 25-year veteran of the federal government, has been named superintendent of the National Park Service's (NPS) Southeast Arizona units: Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. She will assume her new duties on March 25.

 

February 6, 2010
Chiricahua National Monument Celebrates Arizona's Centennial with Fee-free Entry on February 14th

In honor of the historic event of Arizona's Centennial, Chiricahua National Monument will offer fee-free entry on Tuesday, February 14th. Visitors who arrive on the anniversary of Arizona's statehood will be allowed to enter free of charge. Those who plan to spend time beyond February 14th will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. Park visitors are reminded that the fee-free designation applies only to entrance fees and does not include camping fees or other user fees. The park entrance station will have Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.

 

December 8, 2011
Bonita Canyon Drive Opens, December 8, 2011, at Chiricahua National Monument
Bonita Canyon Drive, Massai Pt, Echo Canyon, and all areas of Chiricahua National Monument are open to the public. Work began in October to repair the damage to the guardrail along the upper section of the road that was burned during the Horseshoe Two Fire; all repairs have been completed.

 

October 17, 2011
Firewood Permits Available For Chiricahua National Monument
Due to recent fire hazard materials reduction in the monument, 20 firewood permits will be available on a first-come first-served basis on Saturday, October 29, 2011. The cost of the permit is $25.00 and it can only be purchased in person at the visitor center with a personal or cashier's check issued to National Park Service. The visitor center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

August 19, 2011
Trails Re-open at Southeast Arizona Parks
Chiricahua National Monument and Coronado National Memorial continue their efforts to reopen trails and other park facilities as they are assessed and determined safe. Effective immediately, all trails at Chiricahua National Monument and Coronado National Memorial are open to the public. The Bonita Creek Campground at Chiricahua National Monument is also open; however, the scenic drive beyond the campground remains closed.

 
February 19, 2010
Celebrate Archaeology Month with Special Programs
Chiricahua National Monument (NM) and Fort Bowie National Historical Site (NHS) are pleased to announce several special events for the month of March 2010. All these events and programs are being presented in conjunction with Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, an annual celebration sponsored by the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office.
 

February 10, 2010
Love Letters to Emma
Swedish immigrants, Emma Peterson and Neil Erickson, met in the wilds of New Mexico. Neil's persistent pursuit of Emma finally succeeded. They were married in 1887 and settled in Bonita Canyon. Their home, Faraway Ranch, is now part of Chiricahua National Monument.

 
February 5, 2010
Replace Failing Sewer Systems
Public input is being sought regarding the National Park Service’s (NPS) proposed plan to replace four and rehabilitate one of six wastewater systems at Chiricahua National Monument in Willcox, AZ.
 

February 1, 2010
Memorial Service for Park Ranger Paul Fugate
A memorial service commemorating the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Park Ranger Paul Fugate was held at Chiricahua National Monument on January 13, 2010.

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.