Coronado National Memorial Travel Guide

  • Looking at Mexico
    Looking at Mexico
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  • Coronado Sign
    Coronado Sign
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  • Visitor's Center
    Visitor's Center
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Coronado National Memorial Things to Do

  • Nature Trail

    There is a very short trail right next to the Visitor's Center to introduce you to the plants native to the area.

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  • Coronado Cave

    Once you get to the end of the trail you can tour Coronado Cave. Make sure you have good sturdy shoes and a good flashlight with extra batteries.

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  • Hike the Coronado Cave Trail

    The Coronado Cave Trail is only about .6 miles long; but is very steep and rocky. You also have to remember that you are around 7000 feet up. Towards the end the trail has a lot of steps.

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  • Beginning of the Arizona Trail

    The Yaqui Ridge Trail is the beginning of the Arizona Trail, a proposed 790 mile trail leading from Mexico to Utah.

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  • See the Border

    The Yaqui Ridge Trail leads to International Boundary Marker Number 102 just across the Mexican Border.

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  • Yaqui Ridge Trail

    The Yaqui Ridge Trail is a 1 mile trail leading down to the US/Mexican Border. You descend almost 600 feet in that mile so it is a steep descent and steep coming back up. The views along the way are nice.

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  • See the Plants

    As you walk along the trail, you will see some interesting plants. The yellow on this cactus is new growth.

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  • Wildlife

    The Coronado National Memorial is not the best place in Southeast Arizona to see wildlife; but this roadrunner did hike down the trail with me for a short distance.

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  • San Rafael Valley

    Here are some pretty views of the San Rafael Valley from Montezuma Pass Overlook and Coronado Peak, to include Baboquivari Peak. Mexico is on the left.

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  • San Pedro Valley

    Here are some pretty views of the San Pedro Valley from Montezuma Pass Overlook and Coronado Peak. Mexico is on the right in these photos.

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  • Coronado Peak Trail

    The Coronado Peak Trail is a .4 mile each way hike to the top of Coronado Peak. You go up almost 300 feet to 6864 feet. At different scenic viewpoints along the way, there are signs giving quotes from Coronado's soldiers showing what the trip was like and what they were thinking. When you get to the peak there are benches so you can rest and enjoy...

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  • Montezuma Pass Overlook

    There are two main ways to get to Montezuma Pass Overlook. You can drive the dirt and gravel road which is narrow with lots of hairpin turns, or you can walk 3.1 miles up the Joe's Canyon Trail. Once you get to Montezuma's Pass you are treated to some magnificent views of Arizona and Mexico. This is also the trailhead for the Coronado Peak Trail, a...

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  • Picnic at Coronado National Memorial

    There are several picnic tables near the Visitor's Center where you can sit and eat lunch. There are a few that are under cover in the case of inclement waether (rare in Arizona). There are restrooms throughout the picnic area.

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  • Views of Mexico From Joe's Canyon Trail

    Joe's Canyon Trail leading to Montezuma Pass Overlook (3.1 miles each way; great views of Arizona and Mexico, and joins up with the Montezuma Pass Parking Area), Yaqui Ridge Trail (a 1 mile detour off Joe's Canyon Trail with a steep descent) leads to the Mexican Border and represents the start of the Arizona Trail a trail leading from Mexico to...

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  • Joe's Canyon Trail Arizona Views

    Joe's Canyon Trail leading to Montezuma Pass Overlook (3.1 miles each way; great views of Arizona and Mexico, and joins up with the Montezuma Pass Parking Area), Yaqui Ridge Trail (a 1 mile detour off Joe's Canyon Trail with a steep descent) leads to the Mexican Border and represents the start of the Arizona Trail a trail leading from Mexico to...

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  • Coronado Cave Trail

    The Coronado Cave Trail is a steep and rocky climb 3/4 mile in length. Exercise caution going up and coming back down. The usual trail is under construction but a temporary trail to Coronado Cave is open! Because there is still some construction work occurring on the trail near the cave, visitors are asked to pay close attention to areas that are...

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  • Joe's Canyon Trail

    Joe's Canyon Trail leading to Montezuma Pass Overlook (3.1 miles each way; great views of Arizona and Mexico, and joins up with the Montezuma Pass Parking Area), Yaqui Ridge Trail (a 1 mile detour off Joe's Canyon Trail with a steep descent) leads to the Mexican Border and represents the start of the Arizona Trail a trail leading from Mexico to...

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  • Stop at the Visitor's Center

    Your first stop in the Coronado National Memorial should be the Visitor's Center. The ranger there, Denise, was very nice and helpful. You can get brochures for Coronado and other nearby parks. If you plan on hiking get the map of the trails there. There is also a small museum with several paintings explaining Coronado's Expeditions. There is a...

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Coronado National Memorial Warnings and Dangers

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    by Basaic Written Oct 22, 2007

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    There is a sign at the entrance warning about illegal immigrant and drug smuggler traffic through the park. Remember, you are right on the border. Pay attention to your surroundings, avoid traveling alone, and if you see anyone that doesn't belong avoid them and report them. It is easy to tell immigrants from drug smugglers. Illegal immigrants frequently include women and children. Drug Smugglers are mostly men and are better armed.

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Coronado National Memorial Favorites

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    by TinKan Written Jun 4, 2005

    Favorite thing: Take the drive all the way to the top of the pass after taking the scenic 5 mile drive up to the peak.

    Fondest memory: At the peak you will find a wonderful view of Mexico and the Arizona desert and some easy hiking trails to spend the day hiking around on.

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