It was a journey of conquest filled with exploration, wonder - and cruelty. Inspired by tales of vast cities of gold, 339 European soldiers and hundreds of Aztec allies embarked on an epic journey through arid deserts and rugged mountains. They encountered rich traditions and brought new technologies. The resulting collision and combination of cultures reverberates today. Read More
A Journey of Conquest and Exploration
The Coronado Expedition
Spanish arrival in the Southwest & northwest Mexico, while often violent, brought about a dramatic biological and cultural exchange
Visiting Coronado Cave
Are you planning a trip to Coronado Cave? Start here! Get information about what to expect, what gear to bring, and cave safety tips.
Coronado Hiker Shuttle
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 take the free hiker shuttle from the visitor center to Montezuma Pass.
Birding at Coronado
The park is a great birding destination with a variety of habitats. Find a .pdf of the park's bird list here.
People on the Expedition
It wasn't just Coronado and his captains on the journey. Many people made up the expedition - priests, Aztec allies, herders, and many more
Climb & Explore / Escala y Explora
Hike for your health! Hike a combined three miles in the park and earn a commemorative pin from a park ranger.
Hike the Borderlands
8 miles of trails lead hikers into the mountains and oak forests of the park, including a trail to the US-Mexico international border.
Ranger-guided Coronado Cave Tour
Join a park ranger for a guided hike and tour of Coronado Cave every Thursday and Saturday at 10am through May 4.
Last updated: April 5, 2019