Visiting Two of Arizona’s Lesser Known National Park Units

We wrapped up our December 2021 stay in SE Arizona by visiting two of Arizona’s lesser known National Park Units, Tumac├ícori National Historic Park and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Both park units protect historically significant sites near Tucson. Tumac├ícori protects the ruins of three missions founded during the Spanish colonial era, including the oldest …

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, …