WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
Chiricahua National Monument Chiricahua NM $5 per person / 7 Day Entrance Fee
Paved - Car Okay
To Rhyolite Canyon Trailhead Take I-10 east to the I-10 Business Loop exit at Wilcox. Stay on the I-10 Business Loop into Wilcox. (Once into Wilcox, signs for the monument will guide you the rest of the way). Go south on highway 186 from Wilcox at the sign for Chiricahua National Monument. Keep driving south on highway 186 for about 15 miles until a 'T' in the road where 186 goes east towards the monument (it is marked with another sign). Continue east on 186 just a few miles straight into the monument. Pay the entrance to the monument (and pick up a map) and continue for about 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center. (Or take the drive another few miles up to the end and back for some nice views if you like - it's only a few miles). Park in the lot at the Visitor Center and jump on the Rhyolite Canyon Trail at the far end of the lot.
From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 230 mi, 3 hours 38 mins From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 121 mi, 2 hours 7 mins From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 374 mi, 5 hours 44 mins