• Natural Bridge Trail

    Chiricahua

    National Monument Arizona

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  • 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.

Things To Know Before You Come

Be Prepared:

  • Recreational vehicles and trailers longer than 29 feet are not permitted on the scenic drive beyond the visitor center. Click here for more information.
  • 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!

Did You Know?

Chiricahua rock formation

The rock formations at Chiricahua National Monument were carved by ice and water from layers of rhyolite, which was originally ash blown out during the Turkey Creek Volcano eruption 27 million years ago.