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.”
September 25, 2013
Bonita Canyon Campground Reopens- September 13
Acting Chiricahua National Monument (NM) Superintendent Robert Love announced today that the entire Bonita Canyon Campground is now fully open. Portions of the campground have been closed since early July, due to the potential of significant flash flooding during the monsoon. “The safety of park visitors and our employees is always our highest priority”, said Love. “Although we understand the closures were inconvenient for some, we wanted to be sure we weren’t putting anyone at risk by allowing folks to camp in the most flood-prone areas”.
September 20, 2013
Parks Offers Free Entry on September 28 for National Public Lands Day
Chiricahua National Monument (NM) will waive entrance fees on Saturday, September 28 in recognition of National Public Lands Day. National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis has announced that all 401 national park sites will offer free entry on this day in an effort to encourage individuals, families and communities to explore and appreciate America's great outdoors. National Public Lands Day is also a time for individuals to consider volunteering their time and energy through beneficial projects.
August 19, 2013
Celebrate National Park Service Birthday with Free Entry to Parks
In celebration of the 97th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS), all 401 national park units—including Chiricahua National Monument—will waive entrance fees on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Known as “Founder’s Day”, this event observes the creation of the NPS through an act of Congress back in 1916.
July 24, 2013
Scenic Drive and Campground Closed Due to Flooding 7-24-13
The upper portion of Bonita Canyon Drive and the Bonita Canyon Campground in Chiricahua National Monument (NM) are closed after flooding from heavy rains that passed through the area last night. Nearly three inches of rain fell in parts of the monument in the evening hours of Tuesday, July 24. The heaviest rains occurred between 7:00 and 8:00 pm and the monument was closed around 8:30 pm.
July 17, 2013
Arrival of Monsoon Signals Easing of Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona
Due to widespread precipitation across the area, additional rain in the weather forecast, and a rise in fuel moistures, it has been determined that the likelihood of wildfire has lessened to the degree that the restrictions can be rescinded.
June 28, 2013
Portions of Bonita Canyon Campground to be Closed in Anticipation of Monsoon Flooding
Chiricahua National Monument Superintendent H. Lane Baker announced today that portions of the Bonita Canyon Campground will be closed beginning Monday, July 8.
June 18, 2013
Dry Conditions Trigger Increased Fire Restrictions in Southeastern Arizona
Effective Wednesday, June 19, Coronado National Forest, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, will increase campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona.
May 20, 2013
Dry Conditions Trigger Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona
Effective Wednesday, May 22, the Gila District of the Bureau of Land Management, all districts of Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacacori National Historical Park, and the Arizona State Forestry Division will implement campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona.
April 12, 2013
National Park Week Celebrations Planned for Three Cochise County Parks
In celebration of National Park Week, all three Cochise county National Park Service (NPS) sites will offer special events and activities April 20-28, 2013.