Route: Chiricahua National Monument Big Loop (AZ)

Submitted by Matthew Matta on Mon, 02/01/2021 - 06:29pm
Arizona, US
8.87 mi
Vertical Gain
1,985 ft

Chiricahua National Monument has been called the Bryce Canyon of Arizona. Located in the far southeast corner of the state the National Park Service describes this park as a “Wonderland of Rocks.” It is filled with thousands of rhyolite rock pinnacles, some of which seem ready to topple over at any moment. The park also has caves, lava flows, and a volcanic caldera.

The park website names this collection of trails simply as “The Big Loop.” This loop takes you by the most famous rock formations in the park. The closest access point is the Echo Canyon Trailhead. From there you link up the Echo Canyon, Upper Rhyolite Canyon, Sarah Deming, Heart of Rocks, Big Balanced Rock, Inspiration Point, Mushroom Rock, and Ed Riggs trails. The trails are mostly runnable yet technical in places. This is definitely a loop you will want to do a second time at a slower pace to take pictures and appreciate the incredible rock formations.

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