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Coronado National Memorial Hereford

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Coronado National Memorial
S Coronado Memorial Drive
Hereford
AZ
85615
Tel: 520 366 5515

Where are we going today?

The history of the USA is fascinating, and Coronado National Memorial commemorates on expedition which influenced the Spanish colonial exploration in the USA. And what better place to learn all about it than in the exact location that it happened!

Vasquez de Coronado was a name in history that resulted in the 16th century Spanish exploration. Now, with Coronado National Memorial, the whole family can learn about this rich history. Not only that, there is the impressive Coronado Cave to explore too!

There are a host of things to do during your time at Coronado National Monument. In addition to the outdoor activities including hiking, picnicking, birding and wildlife spotting, there is the impressive 3 mile drive to the Montezuma Pass scenic outlook.

From there you can hike one mile to Coronado Peak, with other, more challenging trails off the back of that.

And then of course, there is the spectacular Coronado Cave. Make sure you allow at least two hours for this visit. Even the history of the cave is exciting in it's own right! It's thought that the cave was once used by humans as a shelter, and even a hideout by middle archaic people up to a HUGE 8,000 years ago.

Now, the cave is open to explore, and is a huge 600 feet long, and in a lot of places, 70 feet wide.

Make sure you go prepared though, because these are self-guided cave tours. Make sure you have sources of light, gloves, helmets and whistles. It never hurts to tell a ranger where you are going too!

A fascinating day out in Arizona, with some underground exploration too!

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How much does it cost?

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  • ChildrenFree!
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Visitor Center daily 8am to 4 pm. Caves sunrise to sunset.

All year round, but center closed Thanksgiving & Christmas.

I'm Hungry!

There is a picnic area near the visitor center so why not take a family lunch and enjoy it in nature!.

Any Top Tips?

See if you can spot the formation in the cave that is said to resemble a dragon, or a big lizard!.

Doing our bit

The caves have regulations created to ensure that they can be preserved for future visitors. Make sure you follow these rules, including wearing gloves, as the caves are fragile!.

Need a little extra help?

Visitor center parking, rest rooms, exhibits, and bookstore are accessible for persons in wheelchairs. The park's video is closed captioned. The picnic area has two sites with accessible parking, rest room, and table. Montezuma Pass has accessible parking and rest rooms. .

Can I get one of those?

There are gift items available in the bookstore, including woven baskets and Native American instruments .

More information

Be safe when visiting the caves. Tell people where you are going, make sure you have two sources of lights and extra batteries too!.

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    Worth a stop on your walk around La Jolla. Cave is worth the money... once. :-)

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    Less interesting than the cave, perhaps.

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    Awesome attraction. Walk through millions of years of history on the way down to the sea.

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