For Hikers: Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona

13063 E. Bonita Canyon Rd., Willcox, Arizona Strangely beautiful pinnacles, towers, spindle-thin columns, spires, and balanced boulders are so huddled

13063 E. Bonita Canyon Rd., Willcox, Arizona

Strangely beautiful pinnacles, towers, spindle-thin columns, spires, and balanced boulders are so huddled together here that they seem almost surreal. For centuries this area was part of the Chiricahua Apache homeland. The range in altitude here, from about 5,000 to more than 7,000 feet, helps to create a hospitable environment for a wide assortment of plants.Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona The monument has 17 miles of hiking trails, a 24-site campground, and picnic areas. Of historic interest is the Faraway Ranch, a pioneer homestead that was a working cattle and guest ranch. From here a paved 6-mile scenic drive leads through a maze of canyons to Massai Point, which offers views of the surrounding valleys and has an exhibit building with displays describing the region’s dramatic geology.

–Park open year-round. Admission charged.

www.nps.gov/chir

(520) 824-3560, Ext. 302

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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