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. No service 11/28!
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.
The Tiguex War
In 1541, the Tiguex people had reached the limits of tolerance of the Spanish and other expeditionaries' cruelty and entitlement.
Last updated: February 1, 2019