Echo Canyon Trail

Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona 85643

Elevation Gain1,608ft
Trailhead Elevation6,774ft
Elevation Min/Max6248/6786ft
Elevation Start/End6774/6774ft

Echo Canyon Trail

Echo Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Cochise County, Arizona. It is within Chiricahua National Monument. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 6,774 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 1,608 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Upper Rhyolite Canyon Trail, Hailstone Trail and Ed Riggs Trail.

Echo Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This easy but spectacular loop in Chiricahua National Monument follows the Ed Riggs, Hailstone, and Echo Canyon Trails. Hike clockwise to enjoy the great view down Rhyolite Canyon near the start."

"Camelback Mountain is the defining landmark of Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun. This trail starts on the north side of the “camel’s head,” traverses below some towering cliffs, climbs to the saddle between the head and the “hump,” and then runs up the west ridge of the camel’s hump to the highest point on the mountain.

Because this scenic trail is in the middle of the urban area, it is very popular, and the parking lot fills quickly on weekend mornings. Your best chance at a parking spot is to hike early on a weekday."

"Winding through a stunning collection of strange rock formations, the loop hike through Echo Canyon offers a short yet memorable introduction to the wonders of the Chiricahua National Monument.

Add to this lesson in geology some fine vistas and a fascinating variety of plant life, and you have a great hike. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 and 1937, the Echo Canyon Trail has that sturdy, comfortable feel that most CCC projects seem to possess."

"A hike through weirdly eroded rock formations in Chiricahua National Monument. You’ll enter the cool depths of Echo Canyon, which is shaded with Apache and ponderosa pines.

Follow the trail east along the north side of the canyon. Notice how this slope is brushy, warmer, and drier than the more sheltered bottom of Echo Canyon. You’ll have great views of the rock pinnacles and formations on both sides of the canyon."

Echo Canyon Trail Reviews

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The Chiricahua National Monument is Arizona's best kept secret! The Echo Canyon trail was absolutely spectacular! The trail description was accurate, but you will have no problems finding the trailhead or following the trail anyway - everything in this Monument is very clearly marked. The hike took us about 3.5 hours but that's because my husband and I stopped every 10 feet to take a picture. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen!

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Trail Information

Chiricahua National Monument
Nearby City
Chiricahua National Monument
Skill Level
City of Phoenix Nearest town: Phoenix
Local Contacts
USGS Paradise Valley
Local Maps