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Chiricahua National Monument
Called the “Land of Standing Up Rocks” by the Apache Indians, Chiricahua National Monument envelops almost 12,000 acres of Arizona nature. Located in Southern Arizona, near the town of Willcox, Arizona, and around 90 miles from Tucson, travelers come from all over to experience this site of unique rock formations and Arizona history.
History & Nature
Around 27 million years ago, the Turkey Creek volcanic eruption deposited approximately 2,000 feet of ash into the region. This ash eventually hardened into volcanic rock, which eroded over time into the wonderland of rock spires now visible throughout Chiricahua National Monument.
The spires – precarious, surreal pinnacles that can be several hundred feet in height – dominate the park’s landscape, while caves, mountains and lava flows add variety to the setting.
Things to Do
Bizarre rock structures and approximately 17 miles of trails make Chiricahua National Monument a favored location for Arizona hiking. You can also take the park’s eight-mile paved scenic drive, which unveils the natural beauty and wildlife of the park.
During your visit to the monument, tour the historic pioneer homestead known as Faraway Ranch. The ranch house, once inhabited by the Erickson family – the region’s earliest European settlers – offers you a glimpse into Arizona’s pioneer history.
Hotels, Lodging & Camping
Located in Southern Arizona, Chiricahua National Monument makes for the perfect day trip from Tucson, where hotels and resorts abound. You can also stay in Willcox, some 30 miles away, or inside the park at a campground.