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Chiricahua National Monument–Bonita Canyon Campground

Willcox, Arizona 85643
Bonita Canyon Campground webpage
Chiricahua National Monument webpage
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Chiricahua NM–Bonita Canyon CG
Coordinates: 32.0112829, -109.3551126
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About Bonita Canyon Campground
Bonita Canyon Campground is located in Chiricahua National Monument, known as the “Wonderland of Rocks.” Visitors love Chiricahua for its stunning rock columns (hoodoos), hiking trails, and birding opportunities.

Set in a pine and oak forest, Bonita Canyon Campground provides an atmosphere of relaxation. Most campsites are well shaded and have a good view of the creekbed (usually dry) that runs through the campground.

Chiricahua National Monument offers over 17 miles of hiking trails; a complimentary shuttle is available to transport hikers to several trailheads each morning. Birders frequent Chiricahua for the diversity of species that reside in or migrate through the area. The park also offers sweeping views of the surrounding valleys and ranges which make for stunning photography opportunities.

Originally built by the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps, there are 25 basic sites and one larger group site available at Bonita Canyon Campground. Flush toilets and potable water are provided, and all campers have access to food storage lockers. All sites have a picnic table, grill, tent pad, and the group site has fire pit. Utility hookups are not provided, with the exception of one site reserved for ADA access that has electricity available for medical use.

The park contains a historic district and offers tours of Faraway Ranch, a restored 1900s guest ranch. The visitor center is open daily and provides interactive exhibits about the cultural and natural history of the park, as well as a park bookstore.
From Bonita Canyon Campground webpage

Tips for birding Chiricahua National Monument
On the west side of the range lies Chiricahua National Monument, also known as “The Wonderland of Rocks.” Eerie spires of rhyolite are the park’s biggest attraction, but wildlife is also abundant. Watch for the occasional Zone-tailed Hawk or Golden Eagle soaring high above the formations and Hepatic Tanager, Juniper and Bridled Titmice, Grace’s Warbler, and Strickland’s Woodpecker in the lush forests of the canyon bottoms. The second Berylline Hummingbird nest ever discovered in the U.S. was found here. The park is accessible from the Sulphur Springs Valley via AZ-181 from Sunizona or AZ-186 from Willcox, or you can stop in on your way down from Onion Saddle.
From Southeast Arizona Birding Observatory

About Chiricahua National Monument
A “Wonderland of Rocks” is waiting for you to explore at Chiricahua National Monument. The 8-mile paved scenic drive and 17-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.
From Chiricahua National Monument webpage