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Mar 14, 2018 - Chiricahua National Monument

After leaving Big Bend, we have spent two or three days mostly driving. We caught up on laundry and grocery shopping and other such chores. This evening we are at a new KOA campground in Wilcox, Arizona, and (for an RV campground!) it is plush! Mostly that means everything works. We’re going to spend time this evening and tomorrow morning planning what to see in Arizona and plotting the route to get there. When we got here, we learned there was a National Monument nearby and decided to stay an extra day to check it out. Glad we did!...

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National Parks Tour

Dec 22, 2017 - Chiricahua National Monument

We pulled out of Odessa as the sun was rising. West Texas is BIG and beautiful. We had an uneventful 558 mile drive over to the monument. We stopped in Deming, NM for lunch. Coming out of Wilcox, AZ on Highway 186, the approach drive to the monument was very scenic. Driving south through Sulphur Springs Valley, we entered the monument late afternoon, checked in at the Visitor Center and then drove to Bonita Canyon Campground. The campground is small and shaded. Our site was next to the camp host, Ernie O'Toole. We enjoyed visiting with him....

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2017 Travels

Feb 11, 2017 - Land of Standing Up Rocks

We visited the national monument today. Not sure what to expect, but the rocks were magnificent! The monument is listed as a sky island, an isolated mountain range rising above the surrounding grassland. It is an area where 4 ecosystems meet, the Rocky Mountains, the Sonoran Desert, the Sierra Madres and the Chihuahuan Desert. The Chiricahuan Apache called these pinnacles "standing up rocks." And stand up they do! From the early 1400s southeastern Arizona and southwester New Mexico have been home to the Chiricahua Apache. The Chokonen, one...

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Fun between jobs

Apr 27, 2016 - Chiricahua National Monument

Paula and I took a drive about 90 miles east (almost two hours away from our camp site) to Chiricahua National Monument. A unit of the national park system, Chiricahua National Monument was established in April, 1924 to protect its magnificent balancing rocks and hoodoos. It has an eight-mile drive to Massai Point at the end of the road. There are also 17 miles of trails for hikers to trek. Since it was a four-hour round-trip so we did not do much hiking. We probably covered almost a mile. If we decide to try this again, we may have to get...

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Where RV This Year?

Apr 20, 2015 - Chiricahua NM

Chiricahua National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service located in the Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona. It is famous for its extensive vertical rock formations. It was created on April 18, 1924. The monument is located approximately 36 miles southeast of Willcox, Arizona. Geologists believe that it preserves the remains of an immense volcanic eruption that shook the region some 27 million years ago. The thick white-hot ash spewed forth from the nearby Turkey Creek Caldera, cooled and hardened into rhyolite tuff, laying...

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2015 RV Adventure

Apr 2, 2015 - Heart of Rocks Trail

Thursday, April 2: Chiricahua National Monument Route: n /a Weather: 50F calm, chilly morning with a high of 70-ish at the campground in the afternoon. Very windy and cool in the Chiricahua Mountains Trip Average Gas Mileage: n/a Highlights: - not having to drive anywhere - hiking to the Heart of Rocks Loop from the campground - Hubby's first public guitar performance It was chilly enough at 6:00 this morning for Hubby to don a hoody sweatshirt while he made breakfast. Fortunately there was very little wind chill. We wanted to start...

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Three USA Deserts

Apr 1, 2015 - Kartchner Caverns S.P. to Chiricahua N. Mon

Wednesday, April 1 (April Fools!): Kartchner Caverns State Park to Chiricahua National Monument Route: AZ-90 → I-10E → AZ-186 → Bonita Canyon Road Weather: 65F calm, warm morning with a high of 70-ish at the campground in the afternoon. Very windy and cool in the Chiricahua Mountains Trip Average Gas Mileage: 28.2mpg Highlights: - driving up to cooler weather in the 5000+ foot Chiricahua Mountains - seeing the hoodoos along the Glen Canyon Loop Trail - getting a panoramic view at the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail - loving our...

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Three USA Deserts

Apr 1, 2015 - Chiricahua National Monument

About Chiricahua National Monument The 40-mile long Chiricahua Mountain Range is one of many volcanically-formed mountains rising dramatically out of the deserts in the Basin and Range Biogeographical Region of the USA. In the Chiracahua Mountains, 27 million years ago, the Turkey Creek Crater exploded with an estimated force 1000 times more than Mt. St. Helen's and covered a 1200 square mile area with ash up to 2000 feet thick. The explosion was so massive that Turkey Creek blew its top, forming a caldera. Geologic activity continued for...

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Three USA Deserts

Jan 25, 2012 - Chiricahua National Monument

After leaving Fort Bowie National Historic Site, we proceeded back along the six mile dirt road to the main highway heading to the last of the four national parks in this vicinity; Chiricahua National Monument (NM) or “Land of Standing Up Rocks” so named by the Chiricahua Apache and their name for these pinnacles. We had been on the road since 10:30 and after leaving Tombstone we hadn’t seen a single gas station despite going through “towns” that were at least dots on the map; Kansas Settlement, Dos Cabezas and nothing in any of them...

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Dec 5, 2011 - Chiricahua Nat Monument

Yaa'Ta'Sai' - in Apache that means "You Are Welcome Here". Today was a an awesome day. We visited Chiricahua National Monument or what the Apaches called "Land of Standing Up Rocks". What a beautiful place and to think that we actually walked in areas where the Apache Indians once walked. We gazed at some of the same scenery that they saw daily. We saw stream beds where they probably washed their clothes. It was almost eerie and if you have an imagination like I have, you could almost feel their presence. We had to walk up as far as we...

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Mar 7, 2011 - Chiricahua National monument

Some of you may have seen our entry about Chiricahua National Monument back in 2006 or maybe it was early 2007. Anyways, we decided to go back for another visit along with good friends Ken & Bev (they had never been). Chiricahua is a land of towering pinnacles "standing up rocks". FROM PAMPHLET: Their origins began 27 million years ago when when eruptions from the Turkey Creek Volcano spewed ash over 1,200 square miles (3,100 square km). These super-heated ash particles melted together, forming layers of gray rock called rhyolite. Cooling...

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Oct 22, 2009 - Chiricahua National Monument

A couple of years ago we stopped by Chiricahua National Monument near Willcox, AZ and loved the scenery. However, about a half mile into our hike that day, along the very exposed edge of a canyon, a severe thunderstorm hit and we had to turn around hoping we didn’t get struck by the close lightening on the run out. Today, we revisited Chiricahua and had gorgeous weather - 70s with no clouds in the sky. We completed the hike we started a couple of years ago - a 3 mile loop through the rock pinnacles. This area reminds us of a less colorful...

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