Chiricahua Monument Ride
Located approximately 36 miles (58 km) southeast of Willcox, Arizona.
The story behind the rocks is not completely understood, but geologists believe that about 27 million years ago violent volcanic eruptions from nearby Turkey Creek caldera spewed forth thick white-hot ash. The ash cooled and fused into an almost 2,000-foot thick layer of dark volcanic rock known as rhyolite. The Chiricahua Mountains formed from this rock upheaval, and then the masters of erosion - water, wind, and ice - began sculpting the rock into odd formations. Erosion carved along weak vertical and horizontal cracks forming the fascinating rock forms preserved today in Chiricahua National Monument.
On March 3rd 2013 20 riders from as far North as BC and Alberta and far South as Arizona got together for the ride of their lives. We camped one valley over up Pinery Canyon Road with about 14 big horse trailers. Bill and Tom brought 2 big stock trailers to camp to pick up horses and riders to make the 5 mile trip to the Park. This was a 13.0 mile ride and due to park restrictions only 20 riders a day are allowed and only groups of 10 at a time so we broke up into 2 groups of 10.
I would like to thank Linda Modahl for inviting us on such a "ride of a life time".
Our great Leader "Arizona Cowboy of the year 2012" Bill Roberts We were the second group to head into the Monument
|Leaving the parking area|
|The Faraway Ranch Historic (Pictured above) is part of Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, and preserves an area associated with the final conflicts with the local Apache, as well as one of the last frontier settlements. In particular, it is associated with the people who promoted the establishment of Chiricahua National Monument.|
|These trails were built in the 1930's and all rock was moved by Mules|
|Lunch break at about 7500 feet at top of the hoodoo's|
|We hit snow but it was pretty warm out.|
|Below are some pictures taken by others on our ride K Rogers and Katherine Cerra|
|These trails were made in the 1930 and every rock and stone block was moved by pack mules.|
|Darrell Brown up on one of the Hoodoos|
|Looking down at the riders below from one of the many switchbacks on this trail|
|Verna and Ken Pohl from Ponoka Alberta|
|This picture was taken by K Rogers of Verna Pohl on her draft gelding on a very scary switchback|
|Here is the GPS map Katherine Cerra made of our ride|
|This really shows the terrain we climbed up. I believe we climb up to 7,078 feet from about 4500 feet|
|Me and Hunter picture taken by Katherine Cerra|
Video above was made by Katherine Cerra she did a very good job!
Pictures and video work by Ron Stolp video made by Kelly Allen
|Our second day of riding was out of camp. This is the whole group|
Vernon K Rogers (Mr. K)- Arizona
Dave and Linda Modahl - Arizona
John and Brenda Brown - Alberta, Canada / Arizona
Verna and Ken Pohl - Ponoka Alberta, Canada/ Arizona
Darrell Brown - Grindrod, British Columbia, Canada
Kelly Brook Allen and Ron Stolp - Langley British Columbia, Canada
Julie Errend - Oregon
Katherine Cerra - Arizona
Shannon Spellman - Arizona
Pat Williams - Arizona
Lynda Lord - Arizona
Barb Cardinal - Tucson, Arizona
Sheila Burnette - Arizona
|In the summer of 2011 a forest fire ran through the Chiricahua mountain range into the monument area as well.|
|Our last night we had a big campfire with what Ken calls a Yukon Candle.|