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Chiricahua National Monument–Echo Canyon Loop Trail

Willcox, Arizona 85643
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About Echo Canyon Loop Trail
From Willcox, take A-186 to the Chiricahua National Monument. There is a fee to enter the park. Once inside, take Bonita Canyon Drive through the park to the Echo Canyon Trailhead.

This amazing trail takes visitors on a fantastic tour of the amazing hoodoos and rock formations that make up the Chiricahua National Monument. The trail begins on the Echo Canyon Trail, which immediately begins a gentle descent towards Wall Street. Wall Street is a wonderful display of gigantic boulders, though which you will hike for about one mile, as the trail takes you further and further down into Echo Park. Soon, you will leave the hoodoos behind and find yourself in a lush, riparian canyon. There is one small creek crossing, and then the trail will begin to climb gently out of the canyon.

At 1.6 miles, the Echo Canyon Trail ends at a trail junction with the Upper Rhyolite Trail and the Hailstone Trail. The Upper Rhyolite Trail will take you back to the visitor center. Take the Hailstone Trail to continue the Echo Canyon Loop.

The Hailstone Trail climbs out of Rhyolite Canyon and soon follows a rocky shelf high above the canyon, for 0.8 miles. The views are stunning, but not nearly as impressive as those along the Echo Canyon Trail. There is also limited shade here, I would not recommend this trail in the summer.

At 2.4 miles, you will reach another trail junction: the Mushroom Rock Trail, and the Ed Riggs Trail. Take the Ed Riggs Trail to complete the loop. The Ed Riggs Trail climbs gently back up to the Echo Canyon Trailhead, over a distance of 0.9 miles. Like the Hailstone Trail, it is very exposed.

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