The Coronado National Memorial

The Coronado National Memorial


What a gem tucked away in the Huachuca Mountains in Southeastern Arizona! Turn off onto S. Coronado Memorial Drive which is half way between Sierra Vista and Bisbee along Arizona 92. The visitor center is about five miles in from Route 92. The park offers scenic vistas, hiking trails and even a cavern to explore. The best part is that it is all free of charge!

This park commemorates the journey of conquest that began in 1540. Fueled by tales of cities of gold several hundred Europeans and over 1000 Aztecs led by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado set out on a great exploration of the region. The expedition brought major cultural and biological changes which forever changed the lives of the indigenous peoples that had lived here for over thousands of years.

For me, I chose the scenic vistas for a photo op. I’ll leave the hiking trails for another time. The park ranger at the visitor center said that the gravel mountain road through Montezuma’s Pass was doable in my car. So off I went on my 3 mile white-knuckle adventure to the outlook at the top of the pass. Actually, the only bad spots were getting by the few cars coming in the other direction.

The Visitor Center

One of the exhibits in the center

Small but friendly

Looking out from the front of the visitors center

Looking out from the back of the visitors center. In the foreground there's an interpretive desert garden.

Montezuma Pass Overlook

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This is the Montezuma Canyon Road which takes you from the visitors center to the scenic overlook. What looks like a "V" in the center of the photo is one of the several switchbacks along the climb.

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Looking southwest

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Looking southwest

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Looking south toward the Mexican border.

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Another view looking south

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Coronado's expedition

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Looking east

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Looking east

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One more looking east.

For more information about the park check out their website.

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Very rustic feel to the area, your photography does it justice. Seeing parts of the world we may never get to see I love going through travel, for a few moments one can explore somewhere different thanks @rwedegis


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Wow, what beautiful photos! I love how you captured the different views all around you. The clouds are just amazing in each shot.


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That looks like a fun drive. You got some really amazing photos of the views. Those clouds are really cool looking!


Thanks @derekrichardson! I appreciate your comments. I wish I was more agile, I would have loved to have done the hike up into the cavern there.