Coronado National Memorial, Hereford

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  • Good come from far away to just park here would be worth 10 minutes and located near various parks, may be set. People I met when I visited was only a couple of hikers and Park Rangers and border patrol. No one too and I had the hiking here is good 10 minutes.
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  • This is a hidden gem as far as I am concerned in the South of Arizona very close to the Mexican border. If you have limited time, you can take about a 3 mile drive up to the Montezuma pass overlook. Y...  more »
  • Joe's canyon trail runs from the top of the mountain to the visitor center. They have recently started a shuttle Thursday, Friday, and Saturday @8:30. The shuttle runs to the top of the mountain so yo...  more »
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  • Very remote. You are as close to being in Mexico as possible without actually being there. My cell even welcomed me to Mexico so I must have picked up a Mexican cell tower. There is a dirt road that goes straight up with the most curvy hairpin turns I've ever seen. Think Pikes Peak only narrower! Beautiful scenery as you're going up and coming down. Pray you don't meet someone coming the other direction as we did. Yikes.
  • Took my daughter there to get her out of the house. The lady at the building was amazing and very nice. We went on the cave trail to go see the cave... Warning... They will tell you it is a half mile trail... This is true... But it is up hill and the air is thin .. Kicked our butts but very worth it. Just be prepared and take breaks. The cave is AMAZING.. Its an open cave so no fee is needed and you are able to explore. Dust mask might do some good but breathing was tough after that hike up so i might of passed out if i put one on lol.
  • Neat little visitors center and gift shop. Only a few minutes from Sierra Vista. There are a couple of comfy chairs where you can relax and possibly catch some wildlife stop by the pond on the other side of the windows. A set of binoculars for your use along with binders of resident birds, another for the butterflies, and yet another of photos of the wildlife who visit the pond regularly. Continue on to picnic areas, numerous trailheads, Montezuma Pass, and a lake (cant remember the name). Off road vehicle recommended past the visitor center, but we did make it to the top of Montezuma Pass in a sedan.
  • Coronado NM is a memorial, not a monument. The NPS website states that this park "was established to interpret the Coronado Expedition," further stating that there is no evidence that Francisco Vasquez de Coronado entered these Park lands in 1540. All that is known about the route of this Spanish expedition is that they likely entered the southwest along the San Pedro River nearby. They were searching for the fabled seven cities of gold. Located on the Mexico/US border in southern AZ, Coronado NM is not a busy park. It is out of the way from just about everything. As an out-of-stater, it took dedicated effort to visit here, situated between the towns of Nogales and Bisbee. Located in the Huachuca Mountains, the visitor center sits at 5,230 ft in elevation. Coronado NM was established to memorialize the Spanish Expedition and the visitor center certainly has dedicated exhibits detailing the men and the influence they brought to the area. There is also a small educational book store. If you're not careful, you might think that this is all the park has to offer. Also located here is the Coronado Cave (1/4 mile west of the visitor center) via a 1/2 mile trail with an elevation gain of 500 ft. No permits are required. Don't forget headlamps (two light sources advised) and to protect the limestone, gloves are requested. Stop at the visitor center for cave visitation guidelines. There is also the Monetzuma Pass Overlook (western entrance), at 6,575 ft in elevation, one can look across the US border into Mexico. It is certainly worth a view.
  • Great hikes with great vistas and views. The cave hike and the border hike were especially interesting and rewarding.

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