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.
Absolutely a must when visiting Chricicahua...literally the heart of the the rock formations in the park. My husband and I visited in early March: overcast, cold and STRONG winds. All the same, wouldn't have missed this trail. The hike from the visitor's center up to the Heart of Rocks wasn't overly strenuous. Once on the Heart of Rocks loop, the trail is mostly up and down, up close through the rock formations. On the way back, light hail (more a sprinkling of salt) and a dust storm that blew through the valley on the last 2-miles.
I would not rate this trail as easy. I hiked it on 2/17/17. There are 6 relatively challenging creek crossings in 2 miles. At the end of about 2 miles you have to pick your way toward pink flagging across a rocky braided flat area to a trail Junction with the Burro Trail and others that leave the creek bottom. Bring hiking poles and expect to get your feet wet. My understanding is that the the crossings are much more shallow as you progress into spring but you may expect to find wet crossings again during monsoon season during the summer months.
Bernadette C. on Heart of Rocks Loop
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!