Coronado National Memorial shares a border with Mexico. Border crossing by undocumented immigrants and illegal entry of those smuggling contraband into the United States is common. Nevertheless, hikers, cyclists, and birders safely enjoy the park trails daily. Established trails during daylight hours are safe, but it is good to be aware of your surroundings and not travel cross-country.
What Can You Do?
Be Aware, Be Safe
Remember that cell phone service is unreliable within Memorial boundaries
Know where you are at all times, follow good safety procedures and use common sense when making decisions
Do not pick-up hitch hikers
Keep valuables, including spare change, out of sight and lock your vehicle
Avoid traveling on well-used but unofficial "trails"
Avoid hiking in areas of major border activity
Park roads have no shoulders, cyclists should wear highly visible clothing and be attentive at all times
People in distress may ask for food, water or other assistance. It is recommended that you do not make contact. Report the location of the distressed people to the visitor center, other park staff, or the Border Patrol
High speed pursuits can occur within the Memorial. Border Patrol and Law Enforcement may need to pass visitors in an emergency, and there are many blind spots along park roads
Report ANY suspicious behavior to park staff or Border Patrol. Please do not contact suspicious persons, contact a Ranger for assistance