• Montezuma Peak


    National Memorial Arizona


Summer floodwaters rushing down Montezuma Canyon.

Summer flood event in Montezuma Canyon.

(NPS Photo by David Bly)

Coronado National Memorial encompasses most of the Montezuma Canyon drainage, which flows southeast into the San Pedro River. The San Pedro flows north from Sonora, Mexico into Arizona to join the Gila River 100 miles downstream near the town of Winkelman. It is one of only two major rivers that flows north out of Mexico into the United States and is one of the last few large undammed large rivers in the Southwest. The San Pedro's perennial flow, though sometimes a trickle, is a rare occurrence in the Southwest.

The memorial is a member of The Upper San Pedro Partnership, a consortium of agencies and groups working together to meet the water needs of the area and protect the resources of the San Pedro River. Member agencies are also working closely with Mexican partners to address critical conservation issues in the upper basin south of the border.

Did You Know?

Hiking along the Yaqui Ridge Trail, Coronado National Memorial

The 750 mile Arizona Trail, which runs from the southern to northern ends of the state, begins in Coronado National Memorial at the international border between the United States and Mexico. Here in the park, the trail sections are called Yaqui Ridge and the Crest Trail.