Rhyolite Canyon

Willcox, Arizona

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A day hike along Rhyolite Canyon from Chiricahua National Monument Visitor Center to the Echo Canyon trail. A diverse forest of pines, oaks, and cypresses supports an abundance of birds during spring and summer, including the seldom-seen elegant trogon. The canyon floor is buried in alluvial gravel that has been washed down by periodic floods, but the streambed itself is generally dry here, even during the rainy season. The path climbs steadily along the south wall of the canyon, and thepinnacles of welded tuff for which the canyon is famous rise in parallel ranks above the valley. Look for Arizona madrones along the path as it ascends. These unusual trees are characterized by shiny leaves and terminal branches of polished red. Views expand as the trail gains elevation and joins the Sarah Deming Canyon trail.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A day hike along Rhyolite Canyon from Chiricahua National Monument Visitor Center to the Echo Canyon trail. A diverse forest of pines, oaks, and cypresses supports an abundance of birds during spring and summer, including the seldom-seen elegant trogon. The canyon floor is buried in alluvial gravel that has been washed down by periodic floods, but the streambed itself is generally dry here, even during the rainy season.

The path climbs steadily along the south wall of the canyon, and thepinnacles of welded tuff for which the canyon is famous rise in parallel ranks above the valley. Look for Arizona madrones along the path as it ascends. These unusual trees are characterized by shiny leaves and terminal branches of polished red. Views expand as the trail gains elevation and joins the Sarah Deming Canyon trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Willcox
Distance: 5.2
Elevation Gain: 950 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best September to May
Trailhead Elevation: 5,300 feet
Top Elevation: 6,290 feet
Local Contacts: Chiricahua National Monument
Local Maps: USGS Chiricahua National Monument
Driving Directions: Directions to Rhyolite Canyon

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