Chiricahua National Monument
Just a short 52 mile drive from Sandhill Crane Cottage, you will find a world all it's own! The fascinatingly beautiful Chiricahua National Monument is over 7,000 feet above sea-level.
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Twenty seven million years ago a volcanic eruption of immense proportions shook the land around Chiricahua National Monument. One thousand times greater than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, the Turkey Creek Caldera eruption eventually laid down 2,000 feet of highly silicious ash and pumice. This mixture fused into a rock called rhyolitic tuff and eventually eroded into the spires and unusual rock formations of today.