Places To Go

Visitor center building entrance and mountain peak in background

Visitor center front entrance with Montezuma Peak looming in the background

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Coronado National Memorial Visitor Center
Open daily, year-round: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Closed in observance of Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Buses and RVs should park in the picnic area.

We are very excited to be installing new exhibits at the visitor center. We anticipate the new exhibits to be installed in December of 2015. In the meantime, we offer the park film, replica armor to try on, and temporary exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the park.
As a memorial - as opposed to a monument or historic site - there are no tangible artifacts or relics of Coronado's expedition within the park. The site was established to commemorated the Coronado Expedition and the lasting legacy of the first interaction between American Indians and Europeans in the American Southwest and northwest Mexico. There is a nine-minute video on the history of the expedition, as well as a hands-on display of 16th century clothing and armor for visitors to try on. A 14-foot picture window provides visitors with a wonderful opportunity to view and photograph the flora and fauna in a relaxed atmosphere.

Coronado history books, local history guides, bird and animal guides, and maps of hiking trails in the Huachuca Mountains and the surrounding area are available through the Western National Parks Association bookstore in the visitor center. Gift items are also available including baskets woven by Tarahumara artisans, Native American wood flutes, Coronado National Memorial pins, stickers, magnets, shirts, and much more.
Footbridge over dry creekbed

The bridge over Montezuma Canyon wash leads from the picnic area to the visitor center

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Picnic Area
Open all year dawn to dusk

The picnic area is located near the visitor center. The access road is located just to the west of the visitor center parking area. You can drive directly to the picnic area or walk from the visitor center along a short (0.1 mile) trail.

The park and picnic area are open for day use only; camping is not allowed. Mild temperatures and low humidity provide pleasant opportunities in all seasons. Reservations are not accepted; the picnic area generally does not fill to capacity. Fires are permitted only in grills, but may be prohibited during high fire danger. Hunting, woodcutting, and gathering of minerals and vegetation are prohibited. Pets should never be left unattended in vehicles and must be kept on a leash.

Available Facilities
There are 25 sites located beneath the trees, three ramadas, and several water faucets and fountains. Restrooms are accessible to persons in wheelchairs, and the area is relatively level. Outdoor grills are provided for cooking fires. Visitors need to bring their own charcoal or wood, as no wood gathering is allowed. Overnight camping is prohibited. A Special Use Permit is required for activities in the picnic area with more than 25 people.
Picnic tables under a shade structure at a mountain pass

Picnic tables and interpretive signs at Montezuma Pass overlook

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Montezuma Pass
Open all year dawn to dusk (monsoon flooding or winter snow may temporarily close the scenic road)
The scenic overlook at Montezuma Pass (elevation 6,575 ft.) is three miles west of the visitor center, accessed by an unpaved, winding mountain road.

The road is paved for one mile and is a graded dirt road for the upper two miles. It is usually passable year round for vehicles under 24 feet in length. Temporary road closures may occur after heavy rain or snow fall.

This site provides views of the San Raphael Valley to the west, the San Pedro Valley to the east, and Mexico to the south. Exhibit panels at the pass provide information about the Coronado Expedition, the flora and fauna of Sky Island habitats, and visible geography.
Montezuma Pass is also the trailhead for the southern terminus of the great Arizona Trail. See the hiking page for more information on trails.

Available Facilities
Restrooms are available all year and two picnic tables are available under the shade ramada. A Special Use Permit is required for activities at Montezuma Pass with more than 50 people and/or 35 cars.

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