Rock Wonderland

Fantastic, awesome, surreal, inSPIRE-ing are some of the adjectives that come to mind when describing the rock wonderland of Chiricahua National Monument. The Chiricahua Apaches, for whom these mountains are named, called this a land of “Standing Rocks”, an apt description for the countless spires and eroded columns of volcanic rock that line the canyon walls.

It’s about a 7-hour drive to get to Chiricahua from Albuquerque. There is a small campground at the monument and we made our visit there a 2-night stay at the campground. Considering the long drive, that left us with only one full day for hiking. We really should have planned it so that we would have had one more day to hike. It’s not a large area, and the trails aren’t that long, but there is just so much to marvel at that you have to take your time wandering the trails. There’s a whole section of the rock formations that we didn’t have time to see. But that leaves us something to look forward to on our next visit.
IMG_20141013_153940189

IMG_20141013_170947666_HDR

IMG_20141013_171255006_HDR

IMG_20141014_094621910

IMG_20141014_095228012

IMG_20141014_100228359_HDR

IMG_20141014_100824914

IMG_20141014_101104658_HDR

IMG_20141014_101329216_HDR

IMG_20141014_174813994_HDR

IMG_20141015_080251663_HDR

IMG_20141015_080630073_HDR

IMG_20141015_080755465_HDR

IMG_20141015_080931872_HDR

IMG_20141015_081042057

IMG_20141015_082634376

IMG_20141013_160220764_HDR

IMG_20141015_083447399

IMG_20141015_092026907_HDR

Author: bjregan

Enjoying retirement activities. Main goals for retirement are to stay spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s