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:
Access to wilderness trails to explore the rock formations in the park.
- For a short hike, make your way along the Echo Canyon Trail to the Echo Canyon Grottoes for a .8 mile round trip hike.
- For a moderate, medium length hike, make your way along the Echo Canyon Trail to the Hailstone Trail, to the Ed Riggs Trail for a 3.3- mile round trip hike.
- For a long, moderate hike, take a network of trails from Echo Canyon Trailhead to the visitor center, a 7.3- mile hike one way. Start along the Echo Canyon Trail to the Ed Riggs Trail to Mushroom Rock Trail, along Big Balanced Rock Trail to the Heart of Rocks Loop. This trail is where you will find the most iconic formations, many named by the Civil Conservation Corps. From the Heart of Rocks loop follow the Sarah Deming Trail to Lower Rhyolite Canyon Trail to the visitor center.
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 leaves the visitor center at 9:00 am and takes 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.