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Massai Nature Trail

Chiricahua National Monument

Pinaleno + Chiricahua Mountains Area, Arizona

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  • Mexican jay near the trailhead.- Massai Nature Trail
  • View of the hoodoos in Echo Canyon.- Massai Nature Trail
  • The trail gently descends from Massai Point.- Massai Nature Trail
  • View to the west from the trail.- Massai Nature Trail
  • There is little shade to be found along the trail.- Massai Nature Trail
  • View to the southeast from the trail.- Massai Nature Trail
  • There are many interesting rock formations along the trail.- Massai Nature Trail
  • There are many interesting rock formations along the trail.- Massai Nature Trail
  • The hoodoos are impressive in size.- Massai Nature Trail
  • The trail features a lookout.- Massai Nature Trail
  • View to the southwest from the trail.- Massai Nature Trail
  • View to the southwest from the trail.- Massai Nature Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views. Hoodoos. Easy hike.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Pinaleno + Chiricahua Mountains Area, AZ
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Nestled in the southeastern corner of Arizona, Chiricahua National Monument features numerous hikes with picturesque vistas. With nearly 360-degree views of the hoodoos in the surrounding park and wilderness area, Massai Nature Trail is no exception. There are interpretive signs along the trail that explain the region’s natural history, including how the pinnacles were formed by volcanic activity approximately 27 million years ago.

Hikers may choose to begin from either the northern or southern trailhead at the Massai Point parking lot. Heading in a counterclockwise direction, the trail gradually descends and views of Echo Canyon as well as Rhyolite Canyon open up. Both canyons, as well as the surrounding mountains, are densely packed with hoodoos as far as the eye can see. As the trail ascends back to the parking lot, keep an eye out for interesting rock formations and balancing rocks. 

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