Heart of Rocks Loop

MODERATE 21 reviews

Heart of Rocks Loop is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near San Simon, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1558 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

views

rocky

no dogs

hiking
18 days ago

“Wonderland of Rocks”
Heart of Rocks Loop Trail.
7.3 miles (11.8 km) Round Trips (6.2 miles + 1.1 miles Loop). It was AMAZING hiking. A LOT OF ROCKS!! And a lot of different character of rocks. Double Thumbs Up!!

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25 days ago

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3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Best hike I've done in Southern Arizona! Cool geology and reasonable temperatures made for a great day. We hiked this trail in late spring. I'm sure it's much warmer mid-summer.

6 months ago

Loved it!

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

7 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful formations. Bring plenty of water. Some tight spots in the loop.

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

9 months ago

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.

hiking
Thursday, December 15, 2016

A must see. I'll keep going back.

Monday, August 29, 2016

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!

hiking
Sunday, February 21, 2016

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.)

hiking
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, November 13, 2015

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

fly fishing
Sunday, June 14, 2015

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!

Friday, November 21, 2014

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.

hiking
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A must see!! I started this hike at 7:30am at Lower Rhyolite Trailhead from the Visitor's Center, and completed Lower Rhyolite, Sarah Deming and Heart of Rocks Loop trails (see attached pdf "Heart of Rocks" under strenuous hikes). It was very chilly and breezy which I didn't expect this time of year, so I recommend taking a light hoodie for the morning. I consider the hike to be in the "moderate" rating instead of strenuous if you're used to getting exercise in 2 to 3 times a week. The Heart of Rocks is the ultimate treat at the top. Some of these giant rocks have taken the form of characters, like Punch and Judy, Camel's Head, and Duck on a Rock, and they are all marked along the 1-mile loop. Every where you turn will take your breath away. These trails will take you longer than usual as you stop and take in all the wonder. Watch your steps!