Welcome to the official Facebook page for Coronado National Memorial. The National Park Service cares for special places for American people so that all may experience our heritage. Coronado NMem commemorates our Spanish colonial history in the American Southwest and northwest Mexico, and interprets the cultural landscape and history of the Coronado Expedition of 1540-1542.
It was a journey of conquest and exploration, filled with wonder and cruelty. Inspired by rumors of vast civilizations in the northern "Terra Incognita", 339 European soldiers, over 1100 Indian allies, and unknown numbers of servants and slaves embarked on an epic journey through arid deserts and rugged mountains of modern-day northern Mexico and southwest US. They brought rich traditions and new technologies along with disease and warfare, irrevocably changing the lives of the native peoples and continuing to influence the area today. A visit to Coronado National Memorial represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Hereford road trip tool to plot your vacation.
Coronado National Memorial Reviews
Climb a mountain? Explore a cave? Dress up as a conquistador? We did it all. We hiked our 3km to earn a badge + completed the Jnr Ranger program all before lunch! Be prepared for sun, carry water and.... more »
My junior ranger (7) planned our trip and it didn’t disappoint. Some good hikes (Coronado overlook isn’t long but offers a great view) plus we packed our flashlights and went exploring the cave! A..... more »
Small national monument are so fun to visit. The Park Rangers here you fantastic, able to answer questions we have and offer information about the surrounding area. Great place to learn about the Spanish expeditions in the 1500s into New Spain. The hike to the cave is a must. Fairly moderate hike up the hill and a scramble down the cave entrance. A great place to bring kids.
When you think of the Arizona, Mexico border you think of sand and cactus, but this landscape is more like the Savannah. Tall grass and sporadic trees. It is beautiful. This is a great stop with a short easy hike to Coronado peak, where one could survey the valleys and hills on the national border. Very historic stop, this is were the great conquistador Coronado and his expeditionary force crossed into what would become the United States. It is a beautiful drive up Montezuma pass. Reccomend heading further west to enjoy more of Coronado National Forest.
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