Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Panoramic views. Hoodoos. Easy hike.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

Family friendly
Big vistas

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Pinaleno + Chiricahua Mountains Area, Arizona

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