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“Coronado Cave--slippery slope during monsoon!”

Coronado National Memorial
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Hereford
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Owner description: Comprised of 4,750 acres of oak woodlands along the border of the United States and Mexico, this living memorial commemorates the first major exploration of the American Southwest by Europeans.
Reviewed August 3, 2014

Getting into the cave is tricky any time of year because of all the boulders that one must descend just inside the entrance. Right now (Aug. 2014) the slope with the boulders to maneuver around is wet from all the rain and quite slippery. It is beautiful in there but only for the strong, sure- footed person. Wear hiking boots with lots of tread. Take extra-bright flashlights. Stop at the Visitor Center for info. The 1/2-mile trek to the cave is tricky with uneven steps in places, a steep climb in other places but oh so beautiful this time of year with many kinds of flowers along the way. A little waterfall greeted us near the entrance! Even if one decides not to enter the cave, the hike to get there is fun.

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

This area is a lovely respite from the desert. Drive up the canyon, hike the trails, visit the cave and stop by the museum and learn about Coronado who visited this area in the 16th century. To learn about Coronado and his expedition was fascinating. Very nice rangers too.

Thank Hilary4271
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

After spending most of our day at Ramsey Canyon, my wife and I decided to spend daylight's last hour driving to Coronado Memorial and up to Montezuma Pass. We found the drive to be interesting -- kind of like a miniature version of the drive up Pike's Peak. We arrived too late in the day to enter the visitors' center or spend any time on the trails. Late in the day, the place was nearly deserted and we almost felt like we didn't belong there. Nearing dusk, we were the only car in the Montezuma Pass parking lot other than the Border Patrol surveillance vehicle. Since we are from the northeast, we found the Border Patrol & warning signs to be an interesting diversion. From the top, one can see a great vista and a perspective on the fence. On the way down we saw a wren working the rocks and would like to have spent time watching him but switchback traffic, if a vehicle should come along, would have made that dangerous. Still, the sighting made us aware a hike in the lower canyon probably would have been rewarding. There were numerous western bluebirds on the lower entrance road.

Thank keigrant
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

Amazing area filled with great hikes and hidden treasures. I loved the drive up to Montezuma's pass on the windy dirt road. Once at the top you are rewarded with amazing views of the valleys to the East and West and many many miles of trails to explore of all difficulty levels. Make sure to bring plenty of water. It was hit hard by the fires a couple of years ago but is recovering fast. If you get a chance check out Coronado cave. Interesting to imagine all the men and equipment that had to move through to carry the expedition.. A little off the path from Interstate 10 about an hour South right on the border but well worth the trip !!!

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

I would never have made a special trip to see this National Park site, but since we were close by, enjoying Ramsey Canyon near Sierra Vista, we decided to visit. What a hidden gem for people like us, who had an afternoon to spare and wanted an uncrowded hike.

The folks at the visitor center were very personable, and since it wasn't very busy, they chatted a while. We were advised to take a flashlight on the Coronado Cave trail if we wanted to actually descend into the cave at trail's end. (Cell phone "flashlights" not recommended--they fall out of your hands! Super-bright flashlights available for purchase.)

The day we were there, clouds came in, so we put on an extra layer. Still, nice weather for a fairly rigorous hike. Lots of steep, stone-stepping. When you arrive at the cave, you can decide whether or not to descend. I chose to, but coming back out can be tricky. Only for those who find scrambling up boulders acceptable. Once inside, you can walk into a room with your flashlight and appreciate the 600-foot cave. (It's nice if others sit at the cave entrance to help you back out.)

The Memorial Site commemorates Coronado's expedition in the 1500s. It offers panoramic views of the US/ Mexico border, and many people were standing at the site entrance taking photos of the border fence/wall in the distance. (A bit weird, I must admit. many of these parked cars stopped there and never went into the park.) This site charges NO FEE.

For those with more time to explore, there are some good trails into a very untraveled area. keep in mind--you're hiking near the border, so stay on the trails!

This site is a nice way to end a day that begins north at Ramsey Canyon, run by the Nature Conservancy. Sierra Vista's a great place to lodge and eat. Grab lunch before you head out--not much down there open in the day during January.

Thank Satisfaction7
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