Chiricahua National Park

Chiricahua National Park

Located outside of Wilcox, Chiricahua National Park is a stunning park. It is often referred to as a "Wonderland of Rocks." The Chiricahua National Park is located in southeastern Arizona about 80 miles from Tucson.

The park is about 30 miles outside of Wilcox, so it is in a pretty remote area. Fill up your tank before you make the drive out there.

Drive through Chiricahua

The drive through Chiricahua National Park  is 8 miles long with several areas to stop off and take photos or hike.

The elevation within the park changes about 2,000 feet. It was quite a bit cooler at the end of the drive compared to the entrance.

The 8-mile drive takes you to Massai Point. This overlook has a great view (on a clear day)

Hiking in Chiricahua

Hiking in Chiricahua

of Rhyolite Canyon. There are several hiking trails to explore at this stop. Within the park  there are more than a dozen miles of hiking trails. Two popular short trails include Echo Canyon Trail and Big Balanced Rock Trail.

Bonita Canyon Campground, is the only campground in the park. Reservations are highly recommended.

 

Hiking views in the fog

Hiking views in the fog

The rocks at Chiricahua National Park resemble spires and are quite stunning to see. The weekend we visited it was cloudy.  At first, I was a little disappointed there was so much fog.

However, hiking on an overcast day has its benefits in Arizona and watching the fog move through the tips of the rocks was almost mystical.

 

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