Massai Point - view to west - Chiricahua National Monument
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.
The rock pinnacles, or hoodoos, which the monument was primarily created to protect, are erosional features composed of welded rhyolite tuff, which is volcanic in nature.
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.
To the Apache this was Yahdeshut - Point of Rocks. It was named Massai point after Big Foot Massai an Apache Warrior who stole a horse from the Stafford Homestead and was pursued to here before he escaped and disappeared.