Hidden gems: America's 20 least-visited National Monuments
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20. Chiricahua, Arizona( Sharlot Hart / National Park Service )
The nearest gas station is 27 miles, and the weather for much of the year may be dangerous lightning and thunderstorms or blustery snowstorms. It's no wonder so few visitors come to Chiricahua, a "sky island" mountain range in the grasslands, 171 miles from Tucson. Yet the site's unusual rock formations (Duck on a Rock and Punch and Judy among them), hiking trails and four ecosystems full of plants and animals, including white-tail deer, black bears and coatimundis, are alluring calls of nature far from the city life. The closest community with motels and bed and breakfasts is Willcox, 37 miles from the park.
Visitors in 2009: 60,851
More info: http://www.nps.gov/chir