Hike The Big Loop in Chiricahua National Monument

Echo Canyon Trailhead Parking Lot

Combine the best trails in Chiricahua National Monument for spectacular views of their hoodoo and balancing rock formations. 

27 million years ago, a large volcanic eruption in the Chiricahua Mountains left behind volcanic ash which eroded into the hoodoos and balancing rocks at Chiricahua National Monument aka The Wonderland of Rocks. The rock formations are very similar to Bryce National Park and the best part...you will see about 25 times less people!

This trek is known as "The Big Loop" in Chiricahua National Monument. Begin at Echo Canyon Trailhead parking lot at the top of the park's eight mile scenic drive. This 8.3 mile RT hike will combine the best of Chiricahua scenery. 

Trail map here

Follow the trails listed below or create your own loop for a shorter or longer hike. Make sure not to miss the Heart of Rocks loop.

Start off on the Echo Canyon Trail → to Upper Rhyolite Canyon Trail → to Sarah Deming Trail → to Heart of Rocks Loop → to Big Balanced Rock Trail → to Mushroom Rock Trail → to Ed Riggs Trail which will bring you right back to the Echo Canyon Trailhead parking lot. 

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water + Lunch
  • Hiking shoes (we hikes in the winter and parts of the trail were covered in snow/ice)
  • Time to explore
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RT Distance 8.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 2000 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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Very nice hike through some very stunning rock formations.


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