About a 20 minute drive from Hereford, Arizona you will find the Coronado National Memorial which is a tribute to the regions’ first foreign explorer, the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Vásquez de Coronado. Nestled close to the Mexican border in a remote area, this park is one of Arizona’s hidden gems, which is operated by the National Park Service.
There’s a host of options for visitors on the table including hiking, nature watching, cave exploring, overlook points and a museum. If you want to cover them all you will need the best part of a day to enjoy everything this place has to offer so allow ample time for your visit and plan ahead of travelling.
Some essential items you’ll want for your trip are a hat, proper hiking apparel, some food and lots of bottled water. If you plan on visiting the cave you will need to bring flashlights and be sure to check your batteries before you leave and bring along some spares. Guided hikes and tours of the cave are offered.
All areas of the Coronado National memorial are accessible free of charge! This is a fantastic way to spend the day fully immeresed in the wilderness in some stunning surroundings while on a shoe string budget. The visitor center is based 2 miles to the west of the eastern entrance and there is a shuttle service provided. There you will find the museum featuring exhibits, a gift shop and a book store. Please show your support by making a purchase on your visit.
The park itself is open a half before dawn until a half hour after dusk. All hikers and visitors are expected to wrap up their hikes during this time and it’s imperative that visitors stick to these times, the park rangers have families to go home to and it closes over night. The park is open througout the year.
The visitor center opens its doors at 08:00 and closes at 16:00 on daily basis year round, with the exception of the 25th of December when its closed.