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A Wonderland of Rocks A "Wonderland of Rocks" is waiting for you to explore at Chiricahua National Monument. The 8-mile paved scenic drive and 17-miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 11,985 acre site. Visit the Faraway Ranch Historic District to discover more about the people who have called this area home.

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1 month ago

very nice hike through rock formations, great views.

on Heart of Rocks Loop

3 months ago

Really will maintained! Up hill hike all the way in, the turnaround back out is downhill. Awesome rock formations! Took me and my husband 3.5 hours to complete. Saw quite a bit of deer too!

This has to be the most well maintained and unique trails in southern AZ. Definitely worth the trip

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

Really short but cool trail. You get to go through a small man-made tunnel, which was a surprise. The view on top is incredible. Awesome view of the monument park in addition to the valley and nearby mountains.

I'd venture to say it's the best trail in the park.

Great trail and lookout

There is no entrance fee to this National Monument. At the visitor center, we learned that the road leading into the park was closed for maintenance. We took the Sarah Deming Trail from the visitor center to the Heart of Rocks Trail. The Heart of Rocks Trail features the most incredibly unique rock formations! You will see Thor's Hammer, Duck Rock, the famous Balancing Rock, and more. The Heart of Rocks loop is about a mile in length and an easy hike. (The trail to the Heart of Rocks, the Sarah Deming Trail, was about 3.5 mi. each way- a slight uphill grade the entire way.)

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9 months ago

The road up to the parking lot was under construction the day we hiked, so we started at the visitor centre lot, went up the Rhyolite trail to connect with the loop, and ended up with a 12 km (7.5 mile) hike. The Rhyolite section is easy, and the connector takes you through a pleasant forested section with dry creek beds kids would love.

The loop itself offers lots of variety, and is easy to moderate. The highlight is absolutely the Echo Canyon section, so take your time through here and explore. The views where this section meets with the Hailstone Trail are superb, especially on a brilliant February day. We went clockwise which makes the climb a little steeper but not an issue for most hikers. It was not busy at all, but then the road closure may have helped.

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10 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in the Southwest! The trails were less crowded than a lot of the parks closer to Tucson. There was a decent amount of snow and ice-pack on the trails, so you had to watch your step. The views are incredible and very unique.

Took the shuttle from the Visitor Center to the top and hiked down the following trails: Ed Riggs, Mushroom Rock, Inspiration Point, Big Balanced Rock, Heart of Rocks Loop, Sarah Deming, and Lower Rhyolite Canyon. This was a beautiful hike up and down across the canyons with some outstanding rock formations and forests along the way. We ended up back at the Visitor Center where our car was parked.
LENGTH: 8.5 miles

We hiked this trail for the first time on November 10, 2015. The hike seemed a little strenuous to me but was well worth it. There is a lot of rocky uphill climbing and then the trail drops down into a beautiful valley. The area is still recovering from a previous forest fire, but new life is springing up (see picture). Once down in the valley there is less fire damage and parts seem to have none at all. The valley is full of beautiful pine trees. There is another short climb before you reach the end of the trail and the view is gorgeous from the trails end with little to no fire damage. I have posted some pictures to show the fire damage and the end of the trail. Enjoy!

Beautiful views for sure. We took our grandchildren up this trail. They really enjoyed it and especially enjoyed the ranger who was at the top. She took a lot of time with them. Awesome views!

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1 year ago

This is a moderate hike with some interesting rock formations on the way. Have taken the grandchildren to the grottoes and they loved it. On our own we have hiked the whole trail. I loved the Wall Street area and the views are spectacular

One of the best hikes we have taken. The rock formations are breath taking!

I love this trail! And if you have time and energy left, it's definitely worth the extra mileage to take the side trail Mushroom Rock to Inspiration Point.

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1 year ago

Hiked Echo Canyon Trail on Saturday the 19th of September with my wife and daughter. This trail is the most scenic I have been on to date with it's amazing rock formations among tall pines and flowering plants. It's at the end of the Arizona monsoon season and there is a spectacular array of colors with the wildflowers still in full bloom. Definitely hike this trail counter clockwise where you start encountering the very cool rock formations. It is also the steepest part of the trail so your going down as opposed to climbing it at the end of the hike. I would rate this trail as a moderate hike taking the average person in decent shape around two hours. Be sure and take a camera so many great photo opportunities.

Favorite trail in the area. The rock formations were awesome! Loved the portion called "The Grotto" and walked up into it for a neat photo. Not much shade on the trail but wasn't that bad in the August heat.

fly fishing
1 year ago

One of the best hikes out there! Chiricahua National Monument is one of the GEMS of the National Park Service! This hike contains a great deal of diversity in scenery and there is rarely anyone else on the trail!

An out of the way park to get to but well worth the drive. Car camping spots are great. I was pressed for time and couldn't spend the whole day here. Hopped the shuttle that takes you to the top and hit the big loop trail that hits a lot of the high points. absolutely beautiful. Break it up short or long hikes this is a must see.