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Exploring the Grotto in Chiricahua National Monument

One of the highlights of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument is The Grotto, a stone cave-like hallway of sorts, worn between a grouping of large hoodoos.

We hiked the 3.3 mile Echo Canyon Loop 3 years ago and wanted to show my visiting family the coolest part of the trail. The Grotto is an easy and beautiful .5 mile hike from the Echo Canyon trailhead. Since this would be an extremely short hike, we spent some time at Massai Point beforehand enjoying the view and taking photos.

View from Massai Point in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
View from Massai Point in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
View from Massai Point of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
View from Massai Point in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
View from Massai Point in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
View from Massai Point in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument

And on to Echo Canyon Loop!

Hiking to the Grottos of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
Hoodoos Hiking to the Grottos of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
Watch out for falling hoodoos! 😉

Hoodoos Hiking to the Grottos of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument

Hoodoos, Hiking to the Grottos of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
Hoodoos, Hiking to the Grottos of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
Hoodoos, Hiking to the Grottos of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
Hoodoos, Hiking to the Grottos of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
Entrance to The Grotto.

Hoodoos, Hiking to the Grottos of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument

Hoodoos, Hiking to the Grottos of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
Hoodoos, Hiking to the Grottos of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument
Hoodoos, Hiking to the Grottos of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument Park, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/grottos-chiricahua-national-monument

The Grotto of Echo Canyon Loop Overview

  • Address: 12856 E Rhyolite Creek Rd, Willcox, AZ
  • Fees: FREE
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Usage: Moderate
  • Length: 1 Mile out & back (or 3.3 miles for the entire Echo Canyon Loop)
  • Pets allowed: No