Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Chiricahua National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
14 days ago

Returned to Chiricahuas after visiting years ago, and it's still magical. Parked at the visitor center and hiked up Rhyolite Canyon to heart of the rocks. Shaded almost the entire way and very quite. Heart of the Rocks is so awesome! The Duck!

Lunch at Inspiration Point. Saw only one pair of hikers the entire day. 11 miles total by my GPS. Great day! And the Duck!

We did the Big Loop today and loved it! The weather was perfect so we decided to veer off on the Heart of Rocks Loop as well as Inspiration Point. The hike was challenging, but the views were so worth it! The staff at the Visitor’s Center was very helpful when we arrived, offering a map and information regarding the trails and the shuttle even though they had not opened yet. They were also very friendly when we stopped to buy a souvenir after our hike. I would definitely recommend this hike to others, and we definitely plan to go back!

Started at Echo Canyon parking lot and entered to the right into the canyons. Beautiful views. If you're doing the whole loop back to the parking lot, it's not 8 miles like listed, it's between 10-12 miles. For us ended up being 11.8 miles because of the confusion at balancing rock and Heart of rock junction. We did not do the heart of rock loop so keep that in mind for your mileage. The second half of the trail past Balancing rock is not as breathtaking as the canyons but still beautiful. It's all mostly up hill from there!! 7 hrs total time for an unexperianced 54 yr old. well worth it.

Started at Echo Canyon parking lot and entered to the right into the canyons. Beautiful views. If you're doing the whole loop back to the parking lot, it's not 8 miles like listed, it's between 10-12 miles. For us ended up being 11.8 miles because of the confusion at balancing rock and Heart of rock junction. We did not do the heart of rock loop so keep that in mind for your mileage. The second half of the trail past Balancing rock is not as breathtaking as the canyons but still beautiful. It's all mostly up hill from there!! 7 hrs total time for an unexperianced 54 yr old. well worth it.

Fantastic loop trail! VERY scenic with hoodoos that you hike through for the first 1.5 miles (defeated definitely more enjoyable to hike it counterclockwise: steeper downhill, more gradual uphill). The only discrepancy we noted was that the AllTrails description describes it as “3 miles”, when actually we logged 4.3 miles following it as marked.

We camped the night before the hike and mosquitos the size of horse fly’s arrived! Lol.

The hike was way worth it. Every turn was jaw dropping. Wall Street was so cool. Thoroughly enjoyed this hike. We were sandwiched between flash floods and oncoming fires so we couldn’t do it all. Will be back to finish it all.

Love this place!!!

awesome place, hard but worth!

this is a great hike we started, at the echo canyon trail and ended by the parking lot making a lot. we started a bit late. it's a good thing to bring flashlights. this area isn't talked much about but it is definitely a hike I would recommend taking.

Very nice! You can see everything on this trail. Various angles to see these rocks.

hiking
5 months ago

Not only is the scenery amazing, the trails were built by the CCC’s and the amount of work that went into it is over the top.

Nice trail. Very rocky to negotiate but worth it. Spectacular views of rock formations and trees and forest.

on Heart of Rocks Loop

hiking
6 months ago

This is a beautiful easy to moderate trail depending on your activity level. The chiricahuas are a special place and the loop is like nothing I’ve seen in Arizona. The rock formations are amazing. Take your time and enjoy this one.

Amazing hike with varying environments and views. Allow for ~7 hours with stops to really appreciate it all.

Rock solid. Do this loop along with the entire larger loop and stops if you can. Well worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

What Angie (+Samara) said. Do the whole thing if you can, but plan accordingly. I also finished the last few miles in the dark after hiking 10 miles in seven hours including stops. Caught it all though, including sunset followed by stars.

Heart of Rocks specifically is the furthest point in. The loop is amazing! Chiricahua is an incredible place.

I giggle when I read the trail is supposed to start from echo canyon and finishing with Ed Riggs... Oh my... We missed that memo... And this shuttle they speak of.. Lol missed that too. We did it in reverse... If you decide to go to echo canyon parking... Don't go Ed Riggs in reverse bc you'll be in awe of the scenery take lot of pictures and take breaks to snack... We started late... And took lots of pictures which murdered trail time... And yet we are rookies and went to the visitor center and got advice and it wasn't made clear to us what we were about to endure... I wouldn't take it back for the world but I would have gotten there at 9am. We started at 1115am...and sun set around 630pm. We went the extra mile round-trip loop to Inspiration Point and enjoyed our time up there probably a little bit longer than we should have... But definitely swing by Inspiration Point... You'll see lots of interesting trees that were burned from a previous fire then the breathtaking view of Inspiration Point was on point. We climbed on rocks and took lots of pictures and enjoyed the cool windy breeze. Truly an amazing trek. Back to the trail towards the Heart of Rocks trail... It had snowed a few days prior so we experienced snow patches and had actually utilized cleans snow for water bc we miscalculated... By the time we hit Sarah Deming we were getting tired and out pace wasn't super fast... Sun set on us when we hit the trail signs for Upper Rhyolite Trail which told us we'd hit Echo Canyon Trail in 1.1 miles and the Echo Canyon Parking in 2.8 miles... Pretty much in the dark. We had some sandwiches and granola bars and melted snow in our water bottles (except my Yeti decided to keep my snow frozen... Smh) so the last 2.8 miles took us a long time bc it was not long before it went pitch black... No moon... No nothing... I had a high lumens flashlight in my backpack (520 at high - - 250 at medium) mainly used medium to preserve battery life and it was challenging to say the least bc we couldn't find part of the trail where to go bc of the dark. We eventually found it and it was a serious uphill climb and the paths were challenging due to our fatigue... We found the sign for echo Park and couldn't see anything so I'm sure we missed some amazing formations... But we trekked the best we could and made it back to the Echo Canyon Parking lot Round 850pm. Yep. 2.5 hours after sundown. I had a great and patient hiking buddy and we laugh about surviving but if we didn't have that flashlight and trekking poles... We'd probably stayed the night... Learned a great lesson. Understand the map and the times it'll take to each trail and also incorporate time you're planning on taking in the views and photography and exploration... So awesome...just pissed we missed out on echo canyon... But i know about the shuttle now... What a difference that would make... Lol. Oh and the bathrooms at the Echo Canyon parking lot are the cleanest indoor outhouses Ive ever experienced. Time management is essential if you are going to go big (or you won't go home... Til Sunrise...) enjoyed it regardless... And thankful for the safe return. Definitely challenging for newbies especially now that I know we should have gone in reverse... Hmmph... The more you know. Can't wait to do it again soon!

hiking
6 months ago

Ridiculously amazing and beautiful... We were pretty whooped by the time we got here bc we started by parking at the Echo Canyon Parking lot and worked our way here but stopped by Inspiration Point... New to this trail stuff and time management is a must... The hearts of rocks loop is 1.1 miles and scenic and amazing to look at every angle but I highly recommend mapping out your trip and making sure you have enough snacks and water for the trek and a fully charged high lumens flashlight or headlamp in case the sun goes down before you get back to the parking lot if you parked at Echo Canyon Parking lot bc it is going to be a doozy trying to get back in the dark. Very scenic and you'll want to explore and climb and take pictures but take that into account of the time management and sun... We didn't... And the moon didn't show up til the end... Smh. We were whooped but safe... But it could have been bad. Thankful for the snow we utilized to stay hydrated and the north face trail shoes I purchased the day before and the retractable trekking poles for the assistance they gave us towards the end... I definitely need to go back to do the Echo Canyon trail in daylight bc it was pitch black but eerily beautiful to see how the stars were. Don't underestimate your time management to get to the hearts of rock loop... It's so pretty there... But it was deep into the hike for us parking at the Echo Canyon parking lot and going the scenic route through Ed Riggs trail to Mushroom Rock trail to Inspiration Point and back...to the big loop to continue onto Sarah Deming trail then to Echo Canyon Trail passed the grottos to the parking lot... 9.5 hours... Last ones out and happy as a cam be to say we completed it safe with the resources we had. :) plan plan and plan. It's so worth it.

Great area

Great hike great area

Beautiful scenery, tall rock cliffs. Loved the in and out of the rock spires.

I read a review about the shuttle that takes you up to Echo Canyon parking lot. There were many a surprised folks to learn that 1) even if you arrive at opening (8:30am) they are usually already full 2) you must sign up in person and cannot call ahead to reserve a spot. Confusing? Fortunately, We had not planned on the shuttle, but others had. It wasn’t just that this was the case, but the visitor center staff seemed disgusted by the questions about it. I felt awful for an older woman who simply didn’t know the area and had hoped to use the shuttle. She wasn’t given too many options for a nice plan B either. Again surprised that the staff wasn’t more helpful. Take home message? The shuttle is free, entry to park is free— perhaps the life of the shuttle is drawing to an end. Plan on a nice sustained hike out to Heart if Rocks via Ed Riggs, then back via Echo Canyon for spectacular sights. Took 5 hours to see all at a leisurely pace. Will never forget the unusual landscape. Amazing!

hiking
7 months ago

Worth the short hike out to see this area. Well maintained trail to get here. Breathtaking views in all directions. Well marked formations.

Heard most people prefer to hike the loop counter-clockwise so we did so. We took lots of photos and almost 3 hours to come back to the parking lot. A park ranger told me this is the most popular trail in Chricahua National Monument.

out of this world amazing

beautiful

totally awesome

hiking
7 months ago

Very beautiful place. We went all the way up to the mountain and were so amazed by the fabulous scene and spectacular rocks. Really worth the trip, will sure go there again .

hiking
7 months ago

An enjoyable relatively secluded hike on a well maintained trail. The trail ends with a view of the bridge from across the canyon. It may be a little anti-climatic for some who enjoy the destination more than the journey.

hiking
7 months ago

A relatively short hike on a well maintained trail. Not near as strenuous as it looks from the bottom. Worth the views over the canyon.

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