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Violent Landscape: The distinctive stone hoodoos of the Chiricahua National Monument bear witness to a cataclysm — a massive volcanic eruption that covered the region in layers of ash hundreds of feet thick. Shifts in the earth buried the fused ash layers, which then fractured along fault lines and eroded into distinctive columns when they were lifted back into the sunlight.

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Cruel and generous, Chiricahua Mountains have seen a rich and violent history — human and otherwise

If the Chiricahua Mountains took human form, they’d be a creative, enigmatic, tobacco-spitting, bare-knuckled, hard-living holy man — brimming with explosive life, bitter insight, raucous laughter, deep silence, fresh joy and old sorrows.


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