Arizona July 18, 2019
This Mountain Hike In Arizona Leads Straight To A Moving Memorial Site
Many remember the noble Granite Mountain Hotshots who tragically perished while fighting the infamous Yarnell Hill Fire, but not everyone knows you can visit the very site where they gave the ultimate sacrifice. This chilling hike leads straight to the memorial for the 19 valiant warriors, and it will give you a whole new appreciation for firefighting.
Tucked away on the majestic Granite Mountain is a place so hauntingly beautiful, it attracts visitors from all over the country.
This is the site where the courageous Hotshots battled their final blaze, making the ultimate sacrifice to save the surrounding city from going up in smoke.
Clocking in at seven miles round-trip, the hike ascends a challenging yet rewarding 1,200 feet.
Granite plaques for each Hotshot are carved into the rocks every so often, outlining their incredible heroism.
Spend a few minutes reading their stories to pay tribute.
You'll learn not only about the valiant warriors' career accomplishments, but also their personal lives, passions, and other valuable information.
Upon reaching the observation deck, you'll have a clear view of the fatality site 400 feet below.
Interpretive signs illustrate how the tragedy unfolded, and a tribute wall lets visitors leave stickers, patches, and other mementos to honor the fallen firefighters.
Over to the east is the town of Yarnell, which the trail provides stunning panoramic views of due to its sheer elevation.
Silence is an unspoken rule as not to disrespect the significance of this site, so please keep this in mind when you visit. Close your eyes and reflect on the weight of what happened just six years ago.
From the top, a 0.75-mile trail parallels the Hotshots' final footsteps.
Encircling the very spot where they perished are 19 gabion baskets, one for each member, joined together by chains to forever unite the brave men whose last breaths were taken to save so many others'.
You'll find the park entrance two miles south of Yarnell on Highway 89.
The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, but early birds definitely get the worm as there are only 12 parking spots available.
For more information, visit the trail’s
Have you ever hiked the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Trail? If so, we’d love to hear all about your experience.
Check out our previous article for more unforgettable hikes:
8 Amazing Arizona Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love.