If you don’t have enough time to hike a trail in Chiricahua, there’s one place you must stop: Massai Point. A rough trail circles the parking lot, winding around past trees and columns of rock. If you have children, they will have a great time climbing around here.
Here’s another view from Massai Point, with the rocky valley in the background.
[tmt_info =””] If you love to hike, you really should plan to spend an entire day at Chiricahua. Leaving from Massai Point, a nearly 9 mile loop trail circles through the heart of the park. That’s a day’s worth of walking, but from what I’ve read and heard, it’s quite an experience. I did this hike in 2014. You can read about it here.[/tmt_info]
One final shot from Massai Point. Actually, I took dozens, just to make sure I captured the sunset perfectly. Those rainclouds were directly over the entrance to the park, but the rain never reached the ground.
[tmt_info =””] On your way between Chiricahua National Monument and Willcox, be alert! The road passes through open range. Let me tell you from personal experience, there’s nothing quite as frightening as cresting a hill and suddenly finding a cow in the middle of the road. Don’t worry, I slowed down in time, but it was close.[/tmt_info]
Note: This trip was first published in 2005. I spent much more time in Chiricahua National Monument on a more recent trip. You can check it out here.