The Chiricahua National Monument (http://www.nps.gov/chir/index.htm) 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 (http://www.meetup.com/jornada-hikers/events/177562122/).
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" (http://www.aclu.org/national-security_technology-and-liberty/are-you-living-constitution-free-zone). If this bothers you, please donate to the ACLU (https://www.aclu.org/donate/join-renew-give) and harass your congress critters (http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml); 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 (http://home.nps.gov/news/release.htm?id=1576). $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 (http://www.nps.gov/chir/planyourvisit/pets.htm). 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 (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.285463,-106.740997&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.285463&mlon=-106.740997&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.285463,-106.740997&marker0=32.285463,-106.740997&z=18))
• 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.