Climb & Explore at Coronado National Memorial

Coronado National Memorial was our third National Park Unit visited while based out of Kartchner Caverns State Park in December 2021. Coronado was established to commemorate the Coronado Expedition of 1540 – 1542 and the lasting legacy of the first interaction between Native Americans and Europeans in the American Southwest. The southeast Arizona park offers …

Rock the Rhyolite at Chiricahua National Monument

A short distance down the road from our previous adventure at Fort Bowie National Historic Site is one of our favorite units of the National Park System, Chiricahua National Monument. The monument was established on April 18, 1924, to protect an extensive area of rhyolite hoodoos and balancing rocks. We first visited the monument back in March 2012 …

Hike Through History at Fort Bowie National Historic Site

During our stay at Kartchner Caverns State Park, we took a day to visit Fort Bowie National Historic Site near Willcox, Arizona. This National Park Unit preserves the ruins of Fort Bowie and Apache Pass, a location critical to western expansion in the mid-late 1800s and the most contested area during the Apache Wars. Today, …