Things To Know Before You Come
- The narrow and winding scenic drive prohibits recreational vehicles and trailers longer than 29 feet on the Bonita Canyon scenic drive beyond the visitor center.
- Bring your own drinks and snacks. There are no vending machines at Chiricahua National Monument.
- Check your gas guage. Closest gas stations are in Sunizona - 27 miles southwest, or Willcox- 37 miles northwest.
During your stay at Chiricahua National Monument, please remember these safety tips:
- Park only in designated areas.
- Never feed or leave out food and water for birds or any wild animals. This is unhealthy for them and dangerous for you.
- Dogs must be leashed at all times, and not left alone.
- Protect yourself. When hiking wear sturdy shoes, carry and drink plenty of water, have a map, and know your route. Dress in layers to adjust for changing conditions. Hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses are important for warm weather hiking.
- Don’t forget about the possible impacts of the elevation. The Visitor Center is at 5,400 feet / 1,646 meters and Massai Point is 6,870 feet / 2,094 meters. Watch out for altitude sickness. Signs include: headache, nausea, shortness of breath, and tiredness.
- Stay on the trails. Cactus, rattlesnakes, and heat are hazards in the summer. Watch for snow, ice, and slippery spots in winter. Loose rocks are always an issue.
- Do not allow children to run ahead or throw rocks.
- Keep an eye on the weather. Storms are unpredictable and move quickly. Thunderstorms with dangerous lightning are common July-September. Snowstorms are common December-March.
It is unlawful to injure, deface, or remove anything from within this park.
Thank you for helping us preserve and protect this special place!