Chiricahua National Monument – Bonita Campground

March 16, 2019 - Comment

Chiricahua National Monument – Bonita Campground Image by Al_HikesAZ This is my luxury tent when I’m car camping – a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2. I like the extra room inside and the extra vestible. And this was luxury with running water and a heated restroom. Even though I was car camping, I pack my

Chiricahua National Monument – Bonita Campground
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Image by Al_HikesAZ
This is my luxury tent when I’m car camping – a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2. I like the extra room inside and the extra vestible. And this was luxury with running water and a heated restroom. Even though I was car camping, I pack my backpack – an Osprey Aether 70 – like a backpacking trip. Just a ritual I go through to make sure I have everything. This is my Jetboil, from 2004 or 2005. I’m thinking of getting the new Jetboil Sol or Sol Ti when REI has the 20% off sale. Both are much lighter. I brought my bearvault. With the recent fires the bears have been a little schizoid. The campground had big and very nice bear containers. I am in campsite 1. I am right on Bonita Creek and could hear the water at night. And I have nobody to the north. This campsite is close to the entry but the camp wasn’t very busy and I wasn’t bothered by traffic.

I went to Chiricahua National Monument for a weekend of hiking, camping and adventure. I had never been here even though I had heard a lot about it.

A “Wonderland of Rocks” is waiting for you to explore at Chiricahua National Monument. This forest of rock spires was eroded from layers of ash deposited by the Turkey Creek Volcano eruption 27 million years ago. The 8 mile paved scenic drive and 18 miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 11,985 acre site. Visit the Faraway Ranch Historic District to discover more about the people who have called this area home: Chiricahua Apaches, Buffalo Soldiers, Erickson and Stafford families.

Chiricahua National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service. The monument is located approximately 36 miles (58 km) southeast of Willcox, Arizona. It preserves the remains of an immense volcanic eruption that shook the region some 27 million years ago. Called the Turkey Creek Caldera eruption, it eventually laid down two thousand feet of ash and pumice, highly siliceous in nature. This eventually hardened into rhyolite tuffs, and eroded into the natural features visible at the monument today.

The national monument also preserves the Faraway Ranch, owned at one time by Swedish immigrants Neil and Emma Erickson.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiricahua_National_Monument

www.nps.gov/chir/index.htm

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