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Coronado National Memorial

Coronado National Memorial

4101 East Montezuma Canyon Road
Hereford, AZ 85615
Phone: (520) 366-5515

Explore the Coronado National Memorial

The Coronado National Memorial commemorates the first major exploration of the American Southwest by Europeans. The memorial lies on the United States-Mexico border within sight of the San Pedro River Valley. Coronado�s Expedition, searching for the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola, entered the present United States here. This cultural area comprises 4,750 acres of oak woodlands.

A small museum with authentic and replica 16th century arms and armor. You also find a nine-minute video on Coronado's Expedition; period costumes to try on; wildlife and bird exhibits.

From Highway 92, the park service paved East Montezuma Canyon Road to one mile west of the visitor center. The road narrows and is an unpaved mountain road to the scenic overlook at Montezuma Pass. The road has a 24-foot vehicle length limit. The dirt road continues west into the Coronado National Forest.

From the visitor center, you can hike 3.1 miles west to Montezuma Pass. In addition, there is a 0.75-mile hike Coronado Cave. You need a permit to the cave.

From Montezuma Pass south is the 0.4-mile hike to Coronado Peak. Also, to the north from Montezuma Pass is the 5.3-mile trail to Miller Peak and the Miller Peak Wilderness.

Visitor center parking, rest rooms, museum and bookstore are accessible for persons in wheelchairs. Video is closed captioned. Picnic area has one site with accessible parking, rest room and table. Montezuma Pass has accessible parking and rest rooms. Video, most museum exhibits and all wayside signs are in English and Spanish.

Allow two hours to visit museum and scenic overlook at Montezuma Pass. Add an additional half-hour to hike to Coronado Peak. When visiting Coronado Cave, allow two hours to a visit to the cave and bring two flashlights per person. The park service prohibits pets on the hiking trails. Please do not leave pets unattended in parked vehicles, especially in warm weather.

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