Activities & Features
Joe's Canyon Trail is a moderate kid friendly hike in the Coronado National Memorial that provides hikers with sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert. The memorial says "from the trailhead near the picnic area turnoff, 500 ft/150 m from west of the visitor center, the trail climbs about 1000 ft/300 m in the first mile with scenic views of Montezuma Canyon and the San Pedro River Valley. After reaching the saddle at the top of Smuggler's Ridge, the trail continues westward with southerly views deep into the grasslands of Sonora, Mexico. Trail can also be done in reverse starting at Montezuma Pass via the Coronado Peak Trail." 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.
Contact: Coronado National Memorial 4101 E. Montezuma Canyon Rd. Hereford, Az 85615