Things To Do

Standing rock formations and a lone pine tree
Rock formations along the Echo Canyon trail

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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).

Hiking

Check out our hiking guide for more detailed information about Chiricahua trails.

Bringing a dog or pet?
Be sure you know which trails allow pets.

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.

Hiker Shuttle

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.

 

Hiking with Pets

Pets are permitted in specific areas at Chiricahua National Monument. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and not left alone. You may only walk your dog on the lower canyon trails between the campground, visitor center, and entrance station on the Silver Spur Trail, Faraway Ranch Trail, and the campground. You may not bring your pets on any of the other park trails. This is for the safety of your dog and protection of the wildlife.

 
Dusting of snow on rock formations
A dusting of snow on rhyolite rock formations.

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Camping

Bonita Canyon Campground is open year-round. The sites are available by online reservations through 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.

Faraway Ranch

Visit the many features within the historic district to discover the human activity in the Chiricahua Mountains. Tours inside the Faraway Ranch House are year round, subject to change without notice. Check at the visitor center for up to date information.

Picnicking

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.

Horseback Riding
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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

12856 E Rhyolite Creek Rd
Willcox, AZ 85643

Phone:

(520) 824-3560

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