A visit to Chiricahua National Monument offers a range of activities and attractions. There is something for everyone. The park's mild climate is suitable for a wide variety of outdoor activities throughout most of the year: day hiking, camping, picnicking, historic district tours, wildlife viewing, birding, nature photography, star gazing, and horseback riding (own stock).
Silver Spur Meadow trailhead: Hike from the visitor center to Faraway Ranch Historic District to discover the human activity in the Chiricahua Mountains.
Natural Bridge trailhead: Access the Natural Bridge Trail from Bonita Canyon Drive for the 2.4-mile, one-way hike.
Echo Canyon trailhead:
Sugarloaf Trailhead: This 1 mile, one-way trail climbs over 450 feet in elevation to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. An historic fire lookout tower can be discovered at the end of the trail.
A free hiker shuttle operates from September to May and leaves the visitor center at 9:00 am, taking hikers to the Echo Canyon or Massai Point trailheads. Please sign-up for the shuttle in person at the visitor center the day before or morning of your hike. Note: there is no shuttle service in the summer months, June through August.
www.recreation.gov by searching Chiricahua National Monument. Busiest months are March and April when the campground is typically full every night.
We also offer programs and talks in the beautiful Bonita Canyon Campground. Campground programs usually start mid-March, weather permitting.
The Bonita Creek and Faraway picnic areas have tables, grills, trashcans, and restrooms. Massai Point, Echo Canyon, and Sugarloaf areas have tables and restrooms. Water is available at Faraway Ranch and the visitor center. Picnicking in Bonita Canyon campground is prohibited.
Bonita Canyon Scenic Drive
Making a gradual climb through oak, cypress, and pine forests, this 8-mile paved drive winds to Massai Point, a perfect place for a picnic. The overlook has a 360-degree view of Rhyolite Canyon, adjacent valleys, and surrounding mountain peaks. Massai Nature Trail is a .5 mile loop trail which allows you to discover the geologic story of the park. A stop at the exhibit building along the nature trail provides additional park information. The drive provides access to Bonita Canyon Campground, multiple pullouts to enjoy the scenery, and trailheads to the 17 miles of day-use hiking trails.
Miles of trails are open to horses and permitted stock (burros, mules, hoofed mammals). Find out more information on where to park horse trailers, group size limits, and trail etiquette guidelines.
Last updated: June 3, 2019