Chiricahua National Monument – Heart of Rocks Loop

Willcox, AZ

In our last post we told you about our hike around the Big Loop in Chiricahua National Monument.  About half way around the loop you can turn off the main trail and hike a one mile loop called the Heart of Rocks Loop Trail.

Although only a mile long, this is the most scenic part of the Big Loop Trail.  This trail is listed as difficult in the park information as it goes up steeply as you start the loop then around the rim over an area of pinnacles, then steeply back down.

Climbing up at the start of the Heart of Rocks Loop

More “up” at the beginning of the Heart of Rocks Loop

A short “slot”

Along the Heart of Rocks Loop many of the pinnacles have signs identifying names people have given to the formations.

Pinnacle Balanced Rock


The Old Maid

Camel’s Head

Thor’s Hammer

Nature’s Beauty (OK, John needed the points!)

Nobody named this one

We named this “Lean on Me”

Kissing Rocks

This one mile loop is really beautiful.  Be sure to include it if you’re doing any part of the Big Loop Hike.

Sunset over Willcox

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17 Responses to Chiricahua National Monument – Heart of Rocks Loop

  1. Mary says:

    Great rock formations! Love it.

  2. debbiemc14 says:

    Love it! We’re altering our trip to include a stop here! Thanks for the heads up to this area!

  3. Love it, especially that blue lady with a big smile on her face.

  4. Can’t wait to do this trail in a few days. We did the Big Loop last Sunday, so your pictures were very familiar! Loved it!

  5. Ahhhh…I wanna go back and do this hike again and again, it’s just so amazing! Thanks for taking me back there this year!

  6. cathy says:

    We LOVE Chiricahua! We have visited many times and enjoy tent camping in the little campground. Reading your posts makes me want to go back!

  7. Jodee Gravel says:

    Tried to guess their names before I saw the caption and only got Kissing Rock correct. I’d name the unnamed one Mercury as it looks like the wings on his feet to me. Nature’s Beauty indeed – great pic!

  8. pmbweaver says:

    Now those are some steep steps.

    It doesn’t matter how long the trail is, it is the beauty along the trail. WOW…you were surrounded by awesomness. (That last word has a red line under it, but I think it is perfect for this hike!) The photo with Pam and Nature’s Beauty needs to be printed and framed. So lovely!

  9. Holly Ritger says:

    Wonderful rock formations… and a well documented hike. No lunch shot with a view? Bisbee looks like such a unique and quirky place. I love the interesting way it’s grown up the hillside and the murals… It would be fun to collect photos of murals from the many places you have been. I love seeing them.

  10. Laurel says:

    What a gorgeous trail — so many amazing rock formations! I think “Lean On Me” is a perfect name — you should submit that to the park. 🙂 We thought the east side of the Chiricahuas was beautiful, but where you are is spectacular. Definitely on our list!

  11. LuAnn says:

    Oh, I so want to go back and hike this loop again. Thanks for the great posts! So glad you got the opportunity to do this hike. 🙂

  12. Sheila says:

    Pam, what a gorgeous and fun hike! Your photos are wonderful. I think I would like a little rock climbing hike. Nature’s Beauty indeed!!

  13. Sherry says:

    What a great trail! Love having the hard work at the beginning rather than the end of the trail. Excellent picture of Nature’s Beauty and a good name as is Lean on Me. The unnamed one looks like Nefertiti to me.

  14. What a cool hike! The rocks are amazing. Thanks for sharing

  15. Suzanne says:

    Another place I had never even heard of before that is now officially “on the list!”

  16. rommel says:

    Fun post.
    When I read “Nature’s Beauty” with your picture on it. I thought it meant Nature owned you. 😀
    The nameless one … I saw it as an Indian Chief sitting down. 😉 Maybe hard to see it from my view. 🙂

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