|Chiricahua National Monument|
The monument is in the Chiricahua Mountains, an inactive volcano field that is 20 miles wide and 40 miles long. The monument itself is almost 12,000 acres.
|Road to Massai Point|
There’s a small visitor center with exhibits that shows an eight-minute video about the monument. It’s narrated by the late Rex Allen, a local boy who hit the big time in Hollywood. Next up is the scenic drive to Massai Point. Some of the road lies under a canopy of trees, but the volcanic rock formations are still in the limelight.
Massai Point has a circular turnaround, an interpretive
center and restrooms. Trails start here but some visitors found them too steep
to walk. More trails can be found at Echo Canyon; in all, the monument has 17
miles of trails.
|View from Massai Point|
Motorists should note that RVs and trailers longer than 29 feet are long are not allowed beyond the visitor center.
Chiricahua National Monument is located 37 miles south of Willcox. Exit Interstate 10 at Willcox and head south on Highway 186. Turn left on Highway 181. The drive from Willcox takes about 45 minutes.