Chiricahua National Monument

February 2016.

One day of rest before we went with our friends from Mesa to Chiricahua National Monument. Chiricahua National Monument is a unit of the National Park System located in the Chiricahua Mountains  of southeastern  Arizona . The monument was established on April 18, 1924 to protect its extensive  hoodoos  and balancing rocks.

What is a hoodoo ?  A hoodoo (also called a tent rock, fairy chimney, and earth pyramid) is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland.

The monument preserves the remains of an immense  volcanic  eruption that shook the region about 27 million years ago. The thick white-hot ash spewed forth from the nearby Turkey Creek Caldera, cooled and hardened into  rhyolitic  tuff , laying down almost two thousand feet of dark volcanic ash and pumice, highly  siliceous  in nature, which eventually eroded into the natural features that we see at the monument today. Those  standing up rocks are 27 million years old!!! They are sculpted by the force of nature. They have names… What a great place to see. Now , let’s leave the photographs talk.

The big balanced rock:


The kissing rocks:


Punch and Judy :


Duck on a rock:


Thorn’s hammer:


One more ( not sure  what is the name of that one ):


And now  I will show you a vista we enjoyed while we were at the top  of our hike.


Isn’t it amazing ? I am so glad our friends planned for us to see it as I enjoy so much nature. This was a very special moment. I was not prepared for this and now that I look at my photos I am happy I took time to bring back those photographs . It was a great day .

Once again, thanks for reading .

5 thoughts on “Chiricahua National Monument

  1. C’est vraiment très très impressionnant de voir toutes ces sculptures et les noms ont été bien imaginés! C’est une superbe visite et je trouve tes photos excellentes!

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