Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument

We left Fredericksburg TX and drove 9 hours to Las Cruces, NM. Our friends suggested the St. Clair Winery and Bistro for dinner. It is just down the street from the Hacienda RV Park, where we were staying. I’m so happy that they suggested it because we thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, food and wine. We highly recommend it.

In the morning we drove to Wilcox, AZ for the sole purpose of visiting the Chiricahua National Monument;

As soon as we arrived at the Lifestyle RV Resort in Wilcox we unhooked the Jeep and drove the 37 miles to the park. There are no towns or services between Wilcox and the park, but it is a scenic drive.

We got to the park mid-day and decided to just do a short hike up Sugarloaf Mountain for a 360 degree view. It is a short 0.9 mile hike up to the top, with an elevation gain of 470 ft.

The following day we arrived at the park just before 9:00am to catch the shuttle up to Echo Canyon. We then hiked the Echo Canyon Trail and the Upper and Lower Rhyolite Canyon Trails back to the visitor center. It was a scenic 2.5hr walk through the rocks. When we started our hike it was barely 40 degrees on top of the mountain. When we ended it was nearly 50 and partly sunny. Perfect weather for a hike.

In the afternoon we decided to take a scenic drive over the mountain via the Pinery Canyon Road. This road is not maintained in the winter and you drive it at your own risk, but since there wasn’t any snow we did not have any issues.

The only negative with taking the canyon drive was that we ended up on the other side of the mountain, near Portal, AZ and had to drive an hour and a half back to our RV park. Portal seemed like an interesting place with beautiful mountains to hike, but we didn’t have time to explore. Maybe another time.

We are now heading up to Tucson for a week. More on that later…..

6 thoughts on “Chiricahua National Monument

  1. I am so glad you are having good weather it seems to be raining a lot here in Houston.
    Keep the pictures coming! You do a great job with your blog.
    Cathy and Jon

    1. Thanks Cathy. I appreciate the note. It rained here in Tucson yesterday, but that was OK because we were watching the Superbowl game. We’ve got a few hikes scheduled over the next few days.

  2. Hi Charlie and Kelly,

    You guys are sure having a wonderful adventure! Peter and I are really enjoying reading and looking at all your images of this incredible trip. Keep um coming.

    May God protect you always,

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