Coronado Cave is located 0.5 mile from the new Cave Trailhead up a moderately steep trail. You may access the new trailhead via the Cave Trail parking lot approx. .25 mile west of the visitor center. The cave is approx. 600 feet in length, 20 feet high and 70 feet wide with several crawl ways and passages, none of which is very extensive. Allow two hours for a leisurely, round trip hike and visit to the cave. Bring water, hiking shoes and at least one flashlight per person (no candles, flares or lanterns).
The cave has been called by several names including Montezuma's Treasure Vault and Geronimo's Cave. Legends claim that it was used by the Apaches as a hide-out when being pursued by the U.S. Army and in the late 1800's it was not uncommon to find arrowheads in the cave.
Did You Know?
Coronado was searching for the ‘Seven Cities of Cibola’ when he began is expedition in 1540. What does Cibola mean? It is most likely a Spanish corruption of (She Wo No)- Land of the Zuni.