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Hittin' the Trails 4 You: "I Hike For Health" at Chiricahua National Monument

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COCHISE COUNTY - Hiking is a great way to exercise while exploring the wonderland of rocks and the history of the American West at Chiricahua National Monument.

The "I Hike for Health" program is a hiking challenge you can attempt on your own or with your friends and family. Stop into the visitor center to learn about the challenge and to earn your award - a Chiricahua National Monument pin - while hiking some of the most beautiful trails in southeast Arizona.

In order to qualify for the award, first pick up a hiking log from visitor center staff. Each hiker must hike a minimum of 5 miles in the park. Each individual seeking the reward must have a photo or selfie of themselves on each trail hiked and present the pictures to park staff at the visitor center. Record your hikes using the hiking log.

Please, only one pin per person.

Wilderness and Hiking Trails

Most of the park area is designated wilderness, accessible by foot and horseback, but not mechanized vehicles. Some 17 miles of day-use trails wind through meadows, forest, and rock pinnacles.

Silver Spur Meadow trailhead: Hike from the visitor center to Faraway Ranch Historic District to discover the human activity in the Chiricahua Mountains.

Natural Bridge trailhead: Access the Natural Bridge Trail from Bonita Canyon Drive for the 2.4-mile, one-way hike.

From the Echo Canyon trailhead: Access trails to explore the rock formations in the park.

For a short hike, make your way along the Echo Canyon Trail to the Echo Canyon Grottoes for a .8 mile round trip hike.

For a medium length, make your way along the Echo Canyon Trail to the Hailstone Trail, to the Ed Riggs Trail for a 3.3- mile round trip hike.

For a long, moderate hike, access Echo Canyon Trailhead to the visitor center, a 7.3- mile hike one way. Start along the Ed Riggs Trail to Mushroom Rock Trail, along Big Balanced Rock Trail to the Heart of Rocks Loop. This trail is where you will find the most iconic formations, many named by the Civil Conservation Corps. From the Heart of Rocks loop follow the Sarah Deming Trail to Lower Rhyolite Canyon Trail to the visitor center.

Sugarloaf Trailhead: This .9- mile, one-way trail climbs over 450 feet in elevation to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. A historic fire lookout tower can be discovered at the end of the trail.

Hiker Shuttle

A complimentary hiker shuttle leaves the visitor center at 9:00 am and takes hikers to the Echo Canyon or Massai Point trailheads. Please sign-up for the shuttle in person at the visitor center the day before or morning of your hike.

Hiking with Pets

Pets are permitted in specific areas at Chiricahua National Monument. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and not left alone. You may walk your dog on the lower canyon trails between the campground, visitor center, and entrance station on the Silver Spur Trail, Faraway Ranch Trail, and the campground. You may not bring your pets on any of the other park trails. This is for the safety of your dog and protection of the wildlife.

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