CORONADO NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Located in southeast Arizona, just north of Mexico, Coronado National Memorial commemorates The Coronado Expedition (1540-42), Vasquez de Coronado’s epic journey through the New World, looking for the rumored ‘Seven Cities of Gold’ the Spanish believed they would find. The park features hiking trails, bird and nature watching, and panoramic views of the US-Mexico border and San Pedro River Valley. The Cave Trail heads down underground, and explores the 600-foot long Coronado Cave, a natural limestone feature. Bring your flashlight and wear your hiking boots for this one! The visitor center has a display focusing on The Coronado Expedition, as well as a nature trail. Coronado National Memorial was established by Harry S. Truman on November 5, 1952, and the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.
Location & Local Communities: Located in Cochise County, the main gateway city for Coronado National Memorial is Sierra Vista (approx. 20 miles), where there are hotels, shops and restaurants. Other regional destinations include Bisbee (approx. 30 miles), Tombstone (approx. 40 miles), Benson (approx. 55 miles), Willcox (approx. 90 miles), and Tucson (approx. 90 miles).
For more information, call (520) 366-5515 or visit www.NPS.gov/coro.