Travel Tips

Be Prepared:

  • The narrow and winding scenic drive prohibits recreational vehicles and trailers longer than 29 feet on the Bonita Canyon scenic drive beyond the visitor center.
  • Bring your own drinks and snacks. A few snack item are available at the bookstore at the visitor center, but there are no vending machines or restaurants at the park.
  • Check your gas guage. Closest gas stations are in Sunizona - 27 miles southwest, or Willcox - 37 miles northwest.

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.
  • Pets must be leashed at all times, and not left unattended.
  • 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!

Last updated: August 19, 2018

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Mailing Address:

12856 E Rhyolite Creek Rd
Willcox, AZ 85643


(520) 824-3560

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