The Grand Canyon State is one of mother nature's masterpieces. From desert to mountain ranges, rivers, and forests, it's one of the best places to get outside and explore. For your inner adventurer, you can visit the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona. It has unreal views and incredible balancing rocks.

You'll find the mountains in southeast Arizona near the city of Willcox. It's free to visit and is open year-round.

You and your friends can make a weekend trip here. There are 17-miles of hiking trails you can enjoy, ranging from easy to hard.

What makes these mountains unlike others is its rhyolite rock pinnacles. According to the National Park Service, they can rise hundreds of feet into the air and are only balancing on a small base. 

Besides the rock formations, you can encounter other natural occurrences such as caves, faults, lava flows, and more. 

If you don't want to break a sweat, you can opt for the Bonita Canyon scenic drive. You should check weather conditions beforehand, as hazards can cause the drive area to be closed. 

If a weekend trip isn't enough time for you and your friends to explore, try staying the night at a campground. There's a $20 per night fee to stay at an individual site. 

If you want to bring the whole squad, opt for the group campground site. It's only $3 per person and it works for 8-24 people using tents.  

Furry friends can also join in on the fun. But, they are only allowed on the lower canyon trails, so plan accordingly. 

Whether you're visiting the park to get views of the balancing rock formations, or to photograph the wildlife, this mountain park has a bit of everything. 

If you're looking for a difficult hike that will lead you to red rock cliffs and clear blue water, we've got the perfect one for you. The views at the end will be worth the challenge. 

Chiricahua Mountains 

Price: Free

Address: E Bonita Canyon Rd, Willcox, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: This mountain park has amazing views and super cool balancing rock formations. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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