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4 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

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Δ Elevation (FT)

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Coronado Crest Trail


  • Storm clouds brewing over Montezuma Peak in Coronado National Memorial.

Activities & Features


Coronado National Monument Crest Trail is a moderate hike that is great for those traveling with children. The memorial says "the trailhead begins at the northeast end of the Montezuma Pass parking area and climbs for 2 miles to the northwestern boundary of the park where it enters Coronado National Forest. It continues along the crest of the Huachuca Mountains to the turnoff for Miller Peak, the highest peak in the range." 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.


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.

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

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