Hittin' the Trails 4 You

May 30, 2014 9:00 AM by Jeff Beamish

Hittin' the Trails 4 You: Free Summer hiking at Chiricahua National Monument

COCHISE COUNTY - From June 1 through September 30, all entrance fees will be waived and federal lands passes will not be available for purchase at Chiricahua National Monument. In addition, camping fees at the historic 25-site Bonita Canyon Campground will be waived from June 1 through September 30. In-person registration is required and campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The camping fee is normally $12/site per night, or $6/site per night for America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior and Access pass holders.

Visitors to the area should be sure to stop by the visitor center for a park map and updates on current conditions. The visitor center is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and offers an orientation film, exhibits, park store, and information about Chiricahua NM and nearby Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The park features the scenic 8-mile Bonita Canyon Drive, as well as 17 miles of hiking trails, and a free hiker's shuttle each morning. The park also protects remnants of the area's history at the Faraway Ranch Historic District. The park is open 24 hours a day, although the scenic drive and portions of the campground can be temporarily closed due to hazardous conditions such as monsoon flooding and related debris flows. Vehicles exceeding 29 feet in length are not allowed in the campground or on the scenic drive past the visitor center.

Chiricahua NM is located four miles east of the junction of Arizona Highways 181 and 186. There are no services (gas, food, or drinks) available at the park. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/chir or call the visitor center staff at (520) 824-3560, ext. 0.

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