Chiricahua National Monument is nestled in a peaceful sky island in southeastern Arizona. Its slopes are textured by what the Chiricahua Apache called "standing up rocks" -the result of powerful volcanic events combined with geologic erosive forces over time. Hundreds of these rhyolitic rock formations occur in the monument--surprising and delighting visitors while inspiring respect for the powerful forces of nature.

It is these geologic features that have earned Chiricahua a designation among our nation's most treasured places. Early ranching families and settlers, like the Riggs and Ericksons, advocated for the monument to be established. On April 18, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge protected the "Wonderland of Rocks" for the education, enjoyment, and inspiration of this and all future generations.

Chiricahua National Monument, a unit of the National Park Service, is guided by many documents for managing our public land.

Documents include (but are not limited to):

Antiquities Act of 1906
Organic Act of 1916
President Calvin Coolidge's Proclamation No. 1692 (43 Stat. 1946) establishing the monument
Superintendent's Compendium
Rock pinnacles filling a valley, with blue sky and storm clouds in the background.
The view from Massai Point inspired early park advocates and park officials to protect the "Wonderland of Rocks."

NPS/ R. Stewart

Last updated: January 27, 2019

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12856 E Rhyolite Creek Rd
Willcox, AZ 85643


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