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Chiricahau National Monument Day Trip

The Chiricahua National Monument is one of the most scenic places in southwestern NM/southeastern AZ. For this event, we're doing a day trip to the monument. If you're interested in staying the weekend please look at this other event.

Goal is to pick-and-choose various trails in the monument. There are some 17 mi of trails to choose from. Plan is to leave by 4 pm local time.

Be aware that Arizona does not follow Daylight Saving Time, so they are 1 hour behind (i.e. 3 pm here is 2 pm there) the time in New Mexico/Texas.

If you are a guest of the United States (i.e. non-citizen), there is a US Customs & Border Patrol checkpoint demarcating passage to/from what the ACLU calls a "Constitution-Free Zone". If this bothers you, please donate to the ACLU and harass your congress critters; otherwise please bring appropriate documentation of your entry into the US (passports, visas, etc—you know better what you need than we do). Group hikes are not the place to make a stand for your civil liberties.

DISTANCE depends what we feel like doing, probably under 10 mi.

ELEVATION GAIN is variable

FEES: usually $5/person for entry into the monument, but FREE for National Park Week on Apr 19–20. $12/night per campsite. PLEASE BRING CASH. You can also use your US Federal Lands pass for entry in the monument, but camping remains an additional fee. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

DURATION: Saturday only. Return to Las Cruces by 7 or 8 pm.

PET FRIENDLY? There are restrictions on many trails. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash), and if you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so.

SKILL LEVEL is *NOT* beginner friendly, but not particularly difficult otherwise. No whiners!

TERRAIN is all well-maintained national monument trails.

WEATHER is TBA.

AFTERWARDS is TBA.

MEET for carpool at:

• Las Cruces: 6:00 am, east of NMSU's Pan Am Center. GPS: Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)
• El Paso: unless you've other plans, please meet at the Pan Am Center (it is well-watched and safe to park there) for carpool.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, I was going to be a camper but ended up being a day hiker cuz the campers split! Definitely worth the drive.

    1 · April 20, 2014

    • Randy

      If it wouldn't have rained I would have stayed a second night. Let me know if you want to go back there, but next time one of my favorites, West Turkey Creek.

      April 20, 2014

  • renee s.

    Well Steve, you out did yourself organizing this one. Thanks a million! I had a wonderful time.

    April 20, 2014

  • renee s.

    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful hike, wet weather, would definitely come again!

    April 19, 2014

  • steven

    I am not bring kookie

    April 18, 2014

  • Samat

    FYI (Steve?) if anyone is bringing dogs: there are restrictions on many of the main trails: http://www.nps.gov/chir/planyourvisit/pets.htm

    April 18, 2014

  • Samat

    Please call Steve ([masked]) or text (preferred)/call Samat ([masked]) if you've any questions. Thanks!

    April 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Isn't Steve's no 7700

      April 17, 2014

    • Samat

      Er, Yes it is. [masked]—thanks for catching that.

      April 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I'm interested in the day trip and would like to carpool. Does anyone have space for a rider? Of course, I'm happy to pitch in for gas.

    April 17, 2014

  • Samat

    For those that wanted to camp, I've a separate event setup: http://www.meetup.com/jornada-hikers/events/177562122/ Please RSVP for that one!

    April 16, 2014

  • Samat

    I'm moving the meeting point from the Fairacres Post Office to the NMSU Pan Am Center. They get antsy when there are cars parked there during business hours.

    April 16, 2014

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