Alerts & Conditions
Portions of Chiricahua National Monument have re-openedSections of the park have re-opened including restrooms, the campground, the area around Faraway Ranch, the Silver Spur Trail and the Lower Rhyolite trail. Visitor services remain unavailable. Scenic Drive past campground will reopen when conditions allow
Rabies Warning: do not approach, feed, or touch wild animalsSigns of rabid animals include: Appearing sick or tame; difficulty moving; aggressive behavior; drooling or biting; active during abnormal hours. Report dead or unusual wildlife observations to park ranger: 520-824-3560 x9302
Trail Advisory - Downed TreesDue to recent high winds hikers may encounter a large number of downed trees on the trails, especially on backcountry paths. Downed trees may pose difficult obstacles for equestrians and stock users.
Bonita Canyon Drive Road WorkExpect intermittent, short delays on Bonita Canyon Drive as crews work to remove hazard trees near the road, now until March 1, 2019.
Monsoon Season: June 15 - September 30
Officially, Chiricahua National Monument is in "monsoon season" from June 15 through September 30, and severe thunderstorms are possible. Though the season officially begins on June 15, often the park doesn't see its first seasonal storm until sometime in July. After then, it is common for thunderclouds to develop each day.
Some storms are severe and drop enough rain at once to cause flooding. Flash floods come quickly and can be dangerous.
Do not try to cross a flooded wash - often as quickly as the flood comes, it will dissipate as storms move across the landscape. Remember: Turn around, don't drown! Lightning can also pose a hazard this time of year. Time your activity to be indoors in the afternoon. If you are outside during a storm, find shelter. Lightning will often strike trees, so stay away and stay low if you get caught.
Last updated: October 7, 2018