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“Interesting little cave exploration”
Review of Coronado Cave

Coronado Cave
Ranked #5 of 9 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 16 July 2013

Though the trail leading from the visitor center is less than a mile, it's all uphill. And coupled with the heat of the sun it's fairly challenging. Once you get to the opening, you will need to snake your way in through tight and tricky crevasses. Watch your footing as you descend into the cave because it is fairly steep and the rock surfaces are covered in fine powdery dust. Once inside, the cave is neither deep nor extensive. It is still a fun distraction nonetheless. Don't forget to take a flashlight!

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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Located in Coronado National Memorial.
The trailhead to Coronado Cave is situated not far from the visitors center. There is a small parking by the trailhead.
The trail is 1,5 mile round-trip, moderate to strenous, offering gorgeous views of the canyon while hiking.
Then you get to the cave entrance. After a litle bit of rock climbing (easy), you enter the cave.
Bring a flashlight because you won't be able to see nothing, as soon as a few feet passed the cave entrance. It gets 100% dark pretty fast.
If you think about bringing some cheap chirurgical masks (paper masks), that be smart because the cave is so dry and dusty (try taking a flash photo and you will believe me).
Honestly, there is not much to see in the cave because it has not been well preserved or protected over the years (especially if you have already visited caves in the National Parks system or State Parks system elsewhere)... but still fun for the kids... and the 1,5 mile round-trip hike is very very nice.
Did I say the hike is very nice ?!

Thank Ben0844
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

It's a pretty tough hike up unless you're very fit. The scenery is beautiful, though, and there are plenty of rocks to sit on as you hike upward. The cave itself is extremely barren and vandalized. There were some formations at the very back of the cave but it's mostly a big hole with dirt in it. I played in this cave when I was a teen- we played marco polo with flashlights and had lots of fun that way. :)

Thank Jennifer D
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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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