Coronado Cave Trail

  • Coronado National Memorial near Tucson.

Hiking

Dogs No

1 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Coronado Cave Trail is an easy hike in the Coronado National Memorial near Tucson that is great for small kids. The memorial says "the entrance to the cave is .5 mile from the trailhead and requires scrambling 25 feet down a rocky slope to the cave floor. The cave interior extends 600 feet in length, with 20 foot high ceilings. Those planning to explore the limestone cave should bring at least two sources of light per person. Please review regulations at cave entrance before entering the cave." A warning, if you are hiking in the summer time, prepare for extreme temperatures. Make sure to carry plenty of water and ample protection from the sun. There is no camping available in the Coronado National Memorial.

History

Hiking in the Coronado National Memorial is following in the footprints of Spanish Conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado who explored the area in the 1540s. Coronado's expedition went from Mexico through present day Kansas and marked the first time a European saw the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. Coronado was searching for the mythical "Seven Cities of Gold." Legend has it the cities are in Arizona's Sonoran Desert.

Red Tape

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Contact: Coronado National Memorial 4101 E. Montezuma Canyon Rd. Hereford, Az 85615

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