Chiricahua National Monument Visitor Center

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Title Chiricahua National Monument Visitor Center
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This is the Visitor Center at the Chiricahua National Monument. It was built by the CCC - the Civilian Conservation Corps. Although small, it had several DVD presentations, numerous informative displays and an excellent gift shop and book store. I bought the Butterflies in Arizona - a photographic guide www.amazon.com/Butterflies-Arizona-Photographic-Hank-Brod... and Intriguing Owls by Stan Tekiela www.amazon.com/Intriguing-Owls-Extraordinary-Images-Insig... for my daughter. I guess if you follow these references you can probably see my tastes in books. Over the Edge - Death in the Grand Canyon is an excellent book :) I went to Chiricahua National Monument for a weekend of hiking, camping and adventure. I had never been here even though I had heard a lot about it. A “Wonderland of Rocks” is waiting for you to explore at Chiricahua National Monument. This forest of rock spires was eroded from layers of ash deposited by the Turkey Creek Volcano eruption 27 million years ago. The 8 mile paved scenic drive and 18 miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 11,985 acre site. Visit the Faraway Ranch Historic District to discover more about the people who have called this area home: Chiricahua Apaches, Buffalo Soldiers, Erickson and Stafford families. Chiricahua National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service. The monument is located approximately 36 miles (58 km) southeast of Willcox, Arizona. It preserves the remains of an immense volcanic eruption that shook the region some 27 million years ago. Called the Turkey Creek Caldera eruption, it eventually laid down two thousand feet of ash and pumice, highly siliceous in nature. This eventually hardened into rhyolite tuffs, and eroded into the natural features visible at the monument today. The national monument also preserves the Faraway Ranch, owned at one time by Swedish immigrants Neil and Emma Erickson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiricahua_National_Monument www.nps.gov/chir/index.htm IMG_0026
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Date 14 Jan 2012 08:36:33
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