Massai Point, Chiricahua National Monument

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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]

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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.

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