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Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument  

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Submitted By: CO_Michael on Sep 18, 2008

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Johnny Ringo Grave near Chiricahua NM

Closed to Climbing


This is a really cool National Monument and should still be protected like it is. This must be the LAND of 1000 SPIRES.

The "Totum Pole" is 137 feet tall and about 3' in diameter.

Backcountry Rock Climbing in Southern Arizona by Bob Kerry


Getting There 

South East of Wilcox, AZ
About 30 miles on HWY186/181


Climbing Season

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

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Chiricahua NM
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Totum Pole of Chiricahua NM
Totum Pole of Chiricahua NM
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Chiricahua NM
Chiricahua National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument
Chiricahua NM
Chiricahua NM
Just outside Chiricahua NM
Just outside Chiricahua NM
Totum Pole of Chiricahua NM
Totum Pole of Chiricahua NM
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By Lauer
From: Duluth, MN
Sep 23, 2008
The place is incredible, but climbing is not allowed. I'm curious if anyone knows why not? You can climb in other national monuments (ex. Devil's Tower)
By Neill Prohaska
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 8, 2010
Indeed, I am curious as well, as I am often out there...does anyone know the history/rationale of the prohibition on climbing in this area?
By Andy Bennett
From: Tucson, AZ
May 28, 2010
Bouldering at the top of the main drag, though still not allowed, is pretty fun...
By CaseyK
From: Tucson, Az
Aug 22, 2010
Apparently there was a study done that showed climbing promoted rock fall. Page 12 and 13 nature.nps.gov/geology/invento...
By Chris Prewitt
Apr 18, 2011
What about the rest of the Chiricahua Mts? Loads of great looking rock near Portal, AZ on Coronado NF land. Anybody know of established routes?
By 1Eric Rhicard
Apr 18, 2011
Contact Paul Davidson. He did stuff with Peter Noebels down there. We have walked around down there but the rock is pretty bad. I think if you put in some real effort you could ferret out some good rock and some good climbing.
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