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
17 days 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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 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
2 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
2 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.

Highly recommend this hike! Absolutely the best way to spend your day. A very well maintained trail the whole way.

Coming from Phoenix, this was a nice change in scenery for us hike wise. It definitely lived up to its name and was truly a “Wonderland of Rocks.”

great hike with amazing views of mother nature in all her majesty.

hiking
3 months ago

Very fun hike, nice and easy, good for folks that might not be necessarily super accustomed to hiking. Great scenery!

beautiful trail. easy to hike and great views of the monument.

3 months ago

Great scenery, fun grottoes, easy to do with kids.

Pretty quick up and down. Payoff at the top is fantastic--views of valleys and canyons for miles around. Kids enjoyed the feeling of getting to the top.

trail running
3 months ago

Fun quick trail for a trail run. Perfect weather in early January for a comfortable hike or jog. There were some other hikers on the trail, but overall not too busy. This park is beautifully untouched and easy to navigate.

hiking
3 months ago

This 12.7 round trip hike wins. It made it to my top 5 hikes. You hear a lot of people talk about havasupai falls, horse shoe bend, etc but not much of Chiricahua! I did minimum research before the hike and didn’t find much. I was lucky enough to find someone on the internet who mentioned a shuttle, which I HIGHLY SUGGEST IF YOU WANT TO SEE ALL OF THE TRAILS! You must arrive at the visitors center (park your car there) before 9am, as the FREE shuttle leaves right at 9am. It drops you off at echo canyon, and your one duty, is to hike all the way back to the visitors center. Is not VERY difficult, ofcourse, you will be stopping quite often to take a LOT of pictures of the beautiful scenic views you will get to see.
This hike took my breath away.

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