Looking for a great trail in Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, wildlife trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Chiricahua National Monument ranging from 1.8 to 11.3 miles and from 5,252 to 7,296 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

An absolutely spectacular trail going through fanciful looking pinnacles, some grottos, and then down into the wooded canyon. Do yourself a favor and go counterclockwise for a longer, gentler ascent. This was one of our favorite hikes ever.

Amazing! Went counterclockwise as recommended and loved every second of it. The views and the rocks are so unique and beautiful. We ran into some rain and very minor snow patches, but hiked it no problem.

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7 days ago

Visited Jan 18,2020. The paths are well defined and easy to walk on.. some had ice so our walking sticks were helpful as we are seniors. The rock formations were amazing. It took 2.5 hours to do the echo canyon loop which included lots of stops.

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icy
9 days ago

The most scenic hike I’ve been on. The climb is a good level of difficulty but definitely worth the climb. The views from the loop are amazing and worth spending time.

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15 days ago

Beautiful easy hike to do for everyone of all ages. Loved the rock formations!

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icy
15 days ago

Great trail- enjoyed seeing it with snow and ice. Beautiful rock formations!

The noted 4.1 miles is round trip to the intersection with the Burro trail. The original trail at one point went all the way up to the Crest trail. I hiked 4.3 miles of this trail this morning. It starts easy, but there are still many blowdowns after the first two miles and then gets washed out or disappears at the 4.3 mile inwhere I turned around. It gets very challenging after the third mile because of fire and flood damage from 2011 and 2014. Volunteers are still working on clearing the trail past that, but one volunteer told me today that it may take years to clear the seven miles. If you do this in the winter, be prepared for high water from snow melt and icy rocks when fording the creek. You will need poles for balance. There are five crossings in the first mile and four in the next 2.5 miles. The sun doesn't warm the trail until 11am. It was 27F at 8am and 56F at 1pm.

Hands down one of the best trails in Arizona or anywhere. This is my 1st visit to the national monument and I thought it was comparable to Bryce Canyon. This trail does a loop through the heart of the park and you experience all of the different ecosystems. You hike around on the top of the Canyon through the hoodoos and they form all sorts of passageways that are fun to explore. You also hike down into the Canyon into lush pine forests. Both sides of the loop take you along 2 different streams with small waterfalls along the way. I went in January after a snow and the snow layering on the rocks was really something special. The trail is wide and well maintained with lots of stone stairs on the climbs. Would have been moderate if half the trail wasn't covered in ice and snow. Not a big deal in most places but some of the staircases were almost entirely piles of ice. Despite that I made it in under 5 hours and spent a fair amount of time exploring. Without ice it probably would be a 4 hour for me.

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23 days ago

This was a gem of a find. At this time of year we lucked out by starting the 7.5 RT at 10am rather than our anticipated 8:00am simply due to the icy trail conditions the 1st 2 miles. Just when we didn’t think the views could get better they did. Wear good shoes/boots, bring poles, and gloves. It’s worth the trip

The most beautiful trail I've ever been on. I visited on 1st January 2020. There weren't many visitors to the park and we only met one other group during the entire hike. Trail was icy and slippery in certain shaded sections but other than that the trail was moderately difficult. Took me about 6 hrs including all the photo breaks. Trails were very well marked and maintained. No fee. Definitely worth hiking!

Great trail! I did it counterclockwise and I would not rate it as moderate. There was snow on the trail in some places.

Little rainy today, but not a saturating rain

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2 months ago

Went from the parking lot at the visitor’s center via the lower Rhyolite trail, a total of 7.8 miles round trip. The Heart of Rocks loop at the top is spectacular with the best rock columns, or hoodoos, in Arizona. They take fantastic shapes and are named things like Punch and Judy, Kissing Rocks, Devil’s Anvil, Duck Rock, etc. The hike is moderate with a 900 foot elevation gain.

Free free free! Trails are immaculate and although this is rated "hard" I think it's more like moderate.

don't miss the grotto at the beginning/end of the loop

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rocky
2 months ago

An amazing hike. We took the shuttle from the Visitor’s Center to Echo Canyon Parking lot and hiked down Ed Riggs, up Mushroom Rock and Big Balanced Rock and then did the Heart of Rocks loop. We then went down Sarah Deming and Rhyolite Canyon back to the Visitor’s Center. Heart of Rocks loop is worth every grinding mile. Simply amazing. Had to scramble up rocks in a number of places, but we’re 66 and we did it so you can too. Enjoy it.

Wonderful hike. Recommend going down Echo Canyon first, then across Hailstone and up Ed Riggs at the end. Beautiful amazing grottos on the Echo Canyon side. Wonderful views.

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2 months ago

Very nice, easy trail with beautiful views. Well set up to be accessible on parts of it out to the Exhibit Building.

We walked counter clockwise as recommended by the park ranger and glad we did. The views and rocks are breathtaking. I would say this is more moderate in parts than easy due to the ups and downs and rocky path. An awe-inspiring hike.

long hike,also did counterclockwise for more gradual elevation gain

Nice trail! Grottoes are phenomenal!

I got there for sunset shots and it was amazing. It was dusk hiking out and dark last 1.5 miles. I came from the visitor center and the trail is easy to navigate at night.

This is a great hike - rewarding scenery at every step. We saw no one on the trail despite a beautiful afternoon. We added this on to an Echo Canyon and took a quick jaunt up to Inspiration Point. We thought after seeing the Grotto, the Heart of the Rocks and all the views in between that Inspiration Point might be a bit of a let down, but it was well worth the 1 mile detour. Gorgeous park - it rivals Bryce but has a fraction of the visitors. You can easily spend a day and hear no one.

This loop is a great trail if you want a decent hike with great scenery. The elevation change gives you a nice workout and lets you see a variety of fauna without becoming arduous. This is a great hike when it's too warm to hike in the rest of the state. We combined this with Mushroom Rock Trail, Inspiration Point, and Heart of the Rocks.

I was going to take the south fork up to sentinel peak, got to where the fork splits and starts climbing. Super overgrown, spent an hour backtracking looking for cairns and ribbon, lots of fallen trees and slides. Seems like most people just take the trail to where there’s water flow and pools to dip in, second half of the trail is boring, overgrown and not really worth it.

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