A true conservationist is one who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children.
~John James Audubon ~


Ancient volcanic activity dotted southern Arizona with several relatively compact mountain ranges. Their height allows them to capture moisture, and the result is a series of "sky islands" that support species markedly different from those found in the surrounding countryside.

Chiricahua Mountains in winter
Photo: NPS.

The Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona are one such sky island, and the Chiricahua National Monument, established April 18, 1924, protects twelve thousand acres within those mountains. Fantastical rock formations await visitors, as may several animal species found nowhere else in the United States.