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“Fun end to an underground weekend”
Review of Coronado Cave

Coronado Cave
Ranked #6 of 10 things to do in Hereford
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Owner description: Also called Montezuma's Treasure Vault and Geronimo's Cave, this subterranean system extends approximately 600 feet in length and is believed to have been used by the Apaches as a hide-out from the U.S. Army in the late 1800's.
Reviewed 9 August 2012

We began our trip with a visit to Karchner Caverns, went to Bisbee for the underground mine tour (Queen mine), and ended our weekend get-away with a trip to the Coronado cave. This was a unique opportunity to go without a guide and go at your own pace. If we were to go again, I certainly would take a much stronger flashlight to peer into the 2 tunnels that come off the main rooms. We were not brave enough to venture into those 2 tunnels but did speak to the ranger at the info center who said that one is a dead end and the other just sort of circles around around a little, nothing great.

Descent into the cave opening requires some rock climbing. Main room is certainly worth the trip. No bats, rodents, snakes, nada, not even a bug to be seen. It's almost moonscape-like in its surface of fine, silty dust. Could see particles in the air and wondered if maybe a paper face mask might have been a good idea to include before going in.

The formations hanging down from the overhead "roof" inside are remarkable. Very little signs of grafitti (thank goodness) and no litter, even though this cave's entrance/exit is unmonitored.
So very quiet and dark, although not as dark as either Karchner (when the lights are off) or Queen mine.

Would recommend that locals make a mini-trip out of this area by lodging at a B&B in historic Bisbee and hitting the local caverns and caves and mines.

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Reviewed 29 January 2012

The cave isn't very big, but it's wonderful to be able to visit a cave without a tour guide. Even though you know others visit the cave, you feel alone and like an adventurer. There were 2 other groups in the cave at the same time, but most of the time we couldn't even see their lights or hear their voices.

Bring water and some snacks along with your flashlights. The hike up is steep, but worth it. We spent almost 2 hours hiking to the cave, exploring, then hiking back.

3  Thank Cindy__31589
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Reviewed 21 June 2010

My husband & I had a great time exploring this cave! How cool to know we were where Geranimo used to hide out!

I hike up isn't too bad, just make sure you bring water. Lucky for us the visitor center had flashlights for us to buy. Wouldn't have been a very good experience without them!

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Reviewed 10 July 2006

I believe the hike was about less than a mile, full of stairs, up a ravine of sorts along the mountain. There was plenty of places to stop along trail to rest. Our 7 and 10 year olds were able to make this trail.

As I recall, the opening was a bit crowded as boulders covered the entrance. Wonder if there were purposely put there. Once inside, you were essentially in two large rooms, maybe the size of a hotel ballroom. It was soo dark the beams of light on our flashlights were sucked up by the atmosphere. So quiet too because we were the two to be in there ----- lots of evidence other hikers were in the cave by their tracks and lighters that were flicked along the rocks, i.e. grafetti.

Interesting to realize we were in the bowels of the earth. I will never foreget the experience! Fun to got into and get back out too! On the way out, you could see the entrance as you would see this blue speck of light to the entrance get bigger and bigger.

8  Thank TomSwyr
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Tucson, Az
Reviewed 6 July 2006

Our family of six carried two water bottles each and two flashlights each with extra batteries. We brought trail mix, beef jerky and a first aid kit. This is an unguided tour.

The 3/4 mile hike up to the cave is well worth the climb!
Inside the cave it's dusty and cool. My flash camera worked well. Be sure to watch your head! Stalagtites hang from the celing in places and stalagmites reach up from the cave floor. We explored every inch of the cave in about an hour and a half. In the back you can climb up and see the chiminey that is now closed by an iron gate. Imagine Indians using this cave as a hide out! The hike back down seems like nothing and we all agreed it was a great time. Be sure to check in at the visitor center and look at the artifacts inside.
This cave is highly recommended.

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