On day three of our tour of Southern Arizona we stopped at the Chiricahua National Monument in the southeastern corner of Arizona near the New Mexico border. With temperatures in the low 70’s and clear blue skies, the views from the top of the mountains were breath taking! These mountains are covered in Hoodoos that remind me of the Bad Lands of South Dakota.
The Chiricahua Mountains were the home of the Apache and the hide out for Geronimo during the Apache Wars of the late 1800’s. It’s easy to see how Geronimo and his band of warriors were able to hold out here for such a long time while the United States Army continued to pursue them.
In fact just east of the Chiricahua Mountains near the New Mexico border is a monument that commemorates Geronimo’s final surrender on September 6, 1886. Geronimo’s surrender marked the end of all Native American resistance in the United States.
Geronimo and his warriors were then taken by train to Florida where Geronimo was held until his death, which was not part of the agreement in the terms of his surrender. One of Geronimo’s warriors, a man called Massai escaped from the train and returned to the Chiricahua Mountains. One of the trails at the top of the Chiricahua’s has been named after him – “The Massai Trail.”
From the Chiricahua’s the Southern Arizona Tour will continue on the “Barber Road” to Tombstone and Fairbank. We will take a look at the Ghost Town – Fairbank in the next post on our way to Huachuca City, Arizona…
(The picture above is of the Pecos River in southwest Texas.) My name is Terry C Barber, I am a disabled veteran, retired military and retired pastor. MaryAnn’s a retired special education teacher. Our Next Chapter, the open road – we call it “the Barber Road.” You're invited to join us as we explore North America in our Leisure Travel Van with two Shitzu pups.