We made our way from Bisbee to US Route 191 and headed north, taking a right on AZ-181 to the Chiricahua National Monument, nicknamed a Wonderland of Rocks. Since we weren't able to include Utah on this trip, this was the closest we could come to that state's national parks.
Chiricahua National Monument was carved by nature into pinnacles or hoodoos, natural bridges, balancing boulders, and soaring spires with rhyolite badlands.
|Erickson Pioneer Cemetery of Swedish immigrants|
who established a homestead here in 1888
|First view or rock formations|
First stop, the Organ Pipe Formation.
|Organ Pipe Formation|
|Double-deck balanced rock|
|Next stop: Sea Captain|
|Next stop: China Boy|
|The dry Bonita Creek|
|Next stop: Seabed evidence|
|Looking back out of the park|
|Pinnacles in a rhyolite canyon|
|Exhibit building (KAH)|
|Sugarloaf Mountain (topped by a lookout cabin)|
|More pinnacles and evidence of fire|
|A balanced rock appears to loom over the trail|
|Another view of that looming rock|
|Lichen balanced rock|
|Varied colors of lichen|
|Karen attempts to repair a broken wall|
|Looking down through a crevice|
|Vertical balanced rock and Chiricahua Mountains|
|Karen in a cutout|
|Last look at the pinnacles|
|The rock on the left appears to balance on a point|
|Rock ready to slide?|
We drove about 50 miles up AZ-186, passing only three cars going the opposite direction. We stopped in Wilcox for a quick (not!) dinner at Pizza Hut, before catching I-10 into Tucson. In Wilcox we missed a turn due to looking for restaurants, and I suddenly noted the loss of route signs.
The 60% chance of rain today came in the middle of the night.
Next: Sentinel Peak.