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Chiricahua National Monument
The wondrous Chiricahua National Monumental is located in southeastern Arizona and is almost-12,000 acres ranging from about 4,000 to almost 10,000 ft. in elevation. Amazing rock spires are everywhere that are the result of a volcanic eruption 27 million years ago.
Around 1000 plant species can be found in the Monument including many endemics. Interesting plants here include the Cane Cholla and Pincushion Cactus. The Javelina (similar to a wild boar) often eats the fruit and flesh of cactus. Other plants include the Prickly poppy (Argemone pleiacantha) which is found in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. Look for the common Pointleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens) which dominates much of the area.
Englemann Spruce (Picea engelmanii) can be found here at the most southern reach of its range.