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Chiricahua National Monument: The Big Loop
You can explore Chiricahua National Monument from the scenic drive or some short hikes from the viewpoints, but to really appreciate everything the park has to offer, you need to gear up for an all-day hike. Chiricahua’s “Big Loop” is a 9.5 mile journey that consists of eight smaller trails. The Big Loop is necessary, if you want to see some of the park’s best rocks, in the “Heart of Rocks” section of the park. I had always wanted to hike the Big Loop — ever since my visit to Chiricahua National Monument in 2006. At that time, I only …