• San Pedro River Valley from Montezuma Peak - D. Bly

    Coronado

    National Memorial Arizona

Hiking

Hikers along Coronado Peak Trail

Hikers enjoy beautiful views from the trails.

With over eight miles of hiking trails, Coronado National Memorial is a great place to explore the outdoors. From grasslands through oak woodlands to pinyon and pine forests, the park offers a variety of experiences. Be sure to carry plenty of water and wear protection against the sun. With the exception of the Crest Trail, dogs are not allowed on trails in the park and must be leashed at all times.

CORONADO CAVE TRAIL:
1 mile/1.4 km round-trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation change: 500 ft/150 m
The trailhead is located .25 mile/.4 km west of the visitor center.

The entrance to the cave is .5 mile from the trailhead and requires scrambling 25 feet down a rocky slope to the cave floor. The cave interior extends 600 feet in length, with 20 foot high ceilings. Those planning to explore the limestone cave should bring at least two sources of light per person. Please review regulations at cave entrance before entering the cave.

CORONADO PEAK TRAIL:
0.8 miles/1.3 km round-trip
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation change: 300 ft/90 m

This interpretive trail climbs from the trailhead at Montezuma Pass to Coronado Peak. The sweeping views of Sonora, Mexico and the San Pedro River and San Rafael Valleys can be enjoyed while resting on the benches under a shade ramada.

JOE'S CANYON TRAIL:
6.2 miles/10 km round-trip
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Elevation change: 1300 ft/400 m

From the trailhead near the picnic area turnoff, 500 ft/150 m from west of the visitor center, the trail climbs about 1000 ft/300 m in the first mile with scenic views of Montezuma Canyon and the San Pedro River Valley. After reaching the saddle at the top of Smuggler's Ridge, the trail continues westward with southerly views deep into the grasslands of Sonora, Mexico. Trail can also be done in reverse starting at Montezuma Pass via the Coronado Peak Trail.

YAQUI RIDGE TRAIL:
2 miles/3.2 km round-trip
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation change: 600 ft/180 m

A spur from the Joe’s Canyon Trail, the trail descends steeply to the US/Mexico border. Here you can view International Boundary Marker 102 located at the southwestern corner of the park. This trail marks the southern terminus of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, an 800+ mile diverse and scenic trail that extends from Mexico to Utah. For your safety, please do not cross over fence into Mexico.

CREST TRAIL:
4 miles/6.4 km to Coronado NMem boundary, round-trip (5.3 miles one way to Miller Peak)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation change: Approximately 4000 ft/1200 m to Miller Peak.

The trailhead begins at the northeast end of the Montezuma Pass parking area and climbs for 2 miles to the northwestern boundary of the park where it enters Coronado National Forest. It continues along the crest of the Huachuca Mountains to the turnoff for Miller Peak, the highest peak in the range.

Joe's Canyon Trail and the Coronado Peak Trail are both part of the National Trails System and classified as National Recreational Trails. The Yaqui Ridge and Crest Trails are part of the larger Arizona Trail which stretches from the Arizona-Mexico border at Coronado National Memorial to the Arizona-Utah border.

Please do not harm or disturb any plants or animals, as all flora and fauna found in the Memorial is protected by federal law. Wood gathering and hunting are not permitted within the park.

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