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“Very Nice Desert Vistas”

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.
Houston, Texas
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95 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Very Nice Desert Vistas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

The drive from the visitor center to the Coronado Peak trailhead is able to be driven in a low clearance vehicle as long as you take it slow. Once at the trailhead near the top of the mountain, there is a short hike to the summit at which point you have a great view as far as the eye can see to the South, West, and East. Along the hike are some nice informative signs talking about the life of a member of the exploring party, the signs are good as even though the hike is pretty short, it has a decent elevation gain on the way up.

Visited January 2014
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Midlothian, Texas
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76 reviews
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“Spectacular views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

The museum at the Visitor's Center is interesting and the friendly park rangers share information about recent wildlife activity. The road up to Montezuma Pass Overlook is gravel and a little steep, but the views are spectacular. A short hike up to Coronado's Peak is rewarded with more amazing views. Great way to spend an afternoon or morning.

Visited November 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Surprisingly informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

This Memorial , basically at the border where Coronado crossed into what is now US territory, tells and displays history in a cozy and friendly way that should not be missed. Then drive up to the top and take in the vast panorama of the mountains and valleys that straddle the US Mexican border.
Lots of wildlife too.

Visited April 2013
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Houston, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 360 helpful votes
“Retrace the footsteps of the Coronado expedition”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

Coronado NM is a nice little weekend distraction. The memorial pays tribute to the Coronado expedition which they believe to have passed through the area. The park lies right on the edge of the US-Mexico border. Take the dusty road up to the top of Coronado peak. Looking south you can see the border wall, and if the skies aren't hazy you can see far into northern Mexico. Yaqui Ridge Trail is accessible from the peak. This trail takes you to boundary marker 102. Back down near the visitor center, wander the trail to Coronado Cave. The cave is neither deep nor extensive, but take a flashlight and enjoy exploring its dark inner recesses.

Visited March 2013
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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“Great views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

First, I will say if you want to drive the whole road to Nogales, do not bring a sedan. Bring something with 4 wheel drive. It's rough and bumpy. However, a standard car can make it to the top of the memorial no problem going slow. Stop in the visitor center to get an idea of the significance of the place and try on some costumes from the Coronado expedition if the mood strikes. The top is beautiful and you can see forever. On one side is the U.S. and on the other side you can see Mexico. There are several options for hiking in this area too. There is a cave hike and a hike up to Coronado peak that are fairly short, but strenuous. If you do this duing the winter, be prepared for ice and snow. I would not recommend it then. It's beautiful in the summer when it's very green from the monsoons.

Visited January 2013
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