Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Echo Canyon

We had planned to hike up to one of the lookouts in Chiricahua National Monument but on what turned out to be a very windy day we opted instead to take the Echo Canyon Trail.

The trail wanders through rock pinnacles which the Chiricahua Apaches called the Land of the Standing Up Rocks. The pinnacles were formed 27 million years ago when the Turkey Creek Volcano sent ash over 1,200 square miles forming layers of gray rock called rhyolite. Eons of weathering and sculpting by wind and water formed the pinnacles and spires that exist today.
There are some very interesting rock formations. TThe grottoes.

We had a great day before driving home across the rolling grasslands.

Have fun, we are!

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