Explore the most popular hiking trails in Coronado National Memorial with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
15 days ago

This is a great hike. If you're hiking in the dry season make sure to bring a good amount of water. There is a lot of walking that is done on the south east facing slopes as well as walking along the ridge. This is a much nicer hike in the morning than in the mid day. Once on top, the views are great and the breeze is quite nice. It's a great place for a nap.

Steep hike up to the cave entrance, but totally worth it to explore the cave! Well marked switchback trail with steps. The cave is about a 30’ scramble down to get in and then easy to wander all the way to its end (600’ back). Great stalagmites and stalactites (unfortunate that people over the years have snapped off most of the smaller ones from the ceiling. Grrrrrr). Even with outside temps of 85°, it is a cool 68° in the cave year-round.

Lights: we used headlamps (and brought two flashlights for backup). Definitely needed them. The cave is pitch black - your cellphone flashlight will NOT be enough.

2 months ago

Very fun and scenic hike! Not much shade so be prepared to be in the sun.
Steep and rocky at times, but if you live in Hereford you might be able to see your house!
Consider starting at the Miller Canyon trailhead in the morning so you have the sun at your back as you head to Carr Canyon.
Definitely bring water so you really enjoy this fun and relaxing hike!

Took the kids today for spring break 2018 and they loved it! The cave was awesome and any trail with lots of climbing rocks is a hit with them. The are 7 and 9. We did the whole thing in about two hours(including exploring the cave)

hiking
3 months ago

One of my all-time favorite hikes!

hiking
3 months ago

Started from the top and walked down. Gorgeous views.

backpacking
3 months ago

This hike was the one that got me started hiking & backpacking back in 1988. I was a soldier stationed at Fort Huachuca. Some of my buddies & I hiked to the summit. Back then, there was a USFS lookout tower on the peak, so we hiked up ther & spent the night. It was in fall, and the wind howled all night! One of the guys brought a bottle of blackberry brandy, and to this day 30 years later, I always take a little blackberry brandy with me when I'm solo or with adults on a non-Scout backpacking/camping trip.
Good memories!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this and did the Yaqui Ridge trail out to the border. Beautiful but very cold and windy morning.

We did this hike on 01/06/2018 and it was a beautiful sunny day, 75 degrees. We started from the Montezuma parking lot. The first two miles are very steep and even worse when the sun is beaming on your back making you sweat profusely. Once you're done with that trek, you actually hike behind the mountain and it does cool off quite a bit. The hike is beautiful and the views are breath taking throughout the entire hike. Make sure you have 3L of water per person. Also, make sure you pack sandwiches or some snacks because this hike may take you anywhere from 4-6 hours. The top of Miller Peak is windy so make sure you have a light jacket in your pack. Highly recommend but I do not recommend it for dogs.

Amazing hike with incredible views of Mexico and Southern Arizona. Started from Montezuma Pass parking lot. The first leg elevates quickly through grassy hills. The next leg turns into a forest along the mountains crest where you can see the summit in the distance. We walked across snow at a few points and the wooded areas continued till the top. The last leg was slightly wooded with open fields and more snow. Incredible views to the Mule Mountains, San Jose Mountain, Chricahua Mountains, Santa Rita Mountains, Dragoon Mountains, Whetstone Mountains, and the Catalina Mountains.

Really cool cave...trail is short but steep at parts. Brought my four year old and six year old daughters did well. Rocks in the trail can be loose and footing slippery at times but overall not too bad.

Surprised no one has given a review as this is an awesome trail. Once you gain the elevation from either end, the trail is almost level the whole way and very scenic. It was made to allow mountain bikers access from Carr to Miller as the old trail which is farther up in elevation is in the Wilderness area, (a little history is that the upper trail used to be called the “Nigger Jim” trail), the name an old buffalo soldier built the water trough at the spring which is now called Clark Spring Trail. So the Perimeter Trail was built for mountain bikers and hikers and horseback riders who wish to travel from Carr to Miller or vice versa without going thru the Miller Peak Wilderness area. ( no motorized vehicles allowed). Oh and during the warm seasons watch out for rattlers we’ve seen several Mojave rattlers on the trail.

This was a great hike. Would be best to do in the spring when the wildflowers at the top are in bloom. The first third was desert, second third was forest, and the very last bit was a wildflower field. The hike is very straightforward, but difficult due to sun exposure throughout and the length of the trail, (5.4 miles from Montezuma Pass parking lot). Make sure to bring plenty of water. I heard a large animal moving through the forest, but couldn't tell what it was before it ran off, so bear spray wouldn't hurt to bring along too if you have it. Amazing views from the top!

Really short hike, but the cave is great! Definitely need to have flashlights with you.

hiking
6 months ago

excellent hike -- pleasant grade and almost constant great views. Can be done in 4.25 to 5 hours if you don't dilly-dally. Worth the drive from Tucson.

backpacking
8 months ago

Awesome hike up the trail followed by a return down Montezuma Pass Rd to the visitors center. Had previously gone the opposite way. Saw deer, birds and a ton of grasshoppers.

hiking
9 months ago

Parked at Montezuma Pass parking lot, departed at about 8:00A.M. It took us about 2hr. 45min to reach the top (with brief stops throughout) and then about 1hr. 40min (with no stops) for the return trip. Very fun. Very scenic. You can see the parts of the U.S.-Mexico border wall from certain points. Very diverse trail segments. They'll be a half mile stretch where you feel like you're trudging through a desert then another half mile where you're in a coastal forest and then another where you're traveling along the wildflower ridden hills of Montana! There was no elevation sign at the top. This mountain complex can be subject to sporadic storms, so come prepared for that. The encroaching vegetation on some portions of the trail was very wet from overnight rain (soggy socks, yum), so if that does not float your boat...well then bring extra socks! Definitely the best hike in the Sierra Vista area.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Great hike! 500 ft elevation change over a short distance. The cave is fun to explore. Remember to bring a flashlight and watch for bats.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

With 20lb backpack about 2 hours hiking up the trail from the visitor center to the parking lot on montezumas pass. 1 hour back down the dirt road. 7 mile trip this way. No running water. Trail well maintained. didnt see anyone but a flock of scrreching bluebirds. I liked this hike because it kept changing. desert to narrow rocky path to ridgeline back down a windy dirt road with great view of the stars

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Excellent hike. Must do the Yaqui Trail to the border point in all this was about 9.5 miles.

on Miller Peak Trail

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Moderate. First mile and 1/2 are up and up, then the grades are pretty moderate and steady.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

It's more than moderate. Great views!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Narrow trail but well worn. We didn't see another person the whole hike. The trail could be dangerous but we did it with our kids aging from 10 to 15. Spectacular views.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Excellent canyon trail through a fire-scarred gully over beautiful quartz of every shade. From the main trailhead on the primitive road, park and walk up the main to find an entry point on your left. The first one is about 100 yards up the road. Evidently you can keep going all the way up McCabe's Peak -- I'll bring oxygen.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

I am so glad I did this hike. Amazing views and I very surreal feel when nobody else is really on the trail. Quiet and peaceful. Hike starts with pretty steady inclines and is then pretty easy until you get about a mile to the summit. Incline picks up and I was hiking through snow. It was very cold at the top, I suggest a windbreaker. Worth the drive down from Phoenix. Make sure you are in shape though and bring at least 3 liters of water!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

nice hike good for kids

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Good little hike. It was actually 5.2 miles one way. More moderate than hard. Didn't see a person during the hike on a Saturday which is pretty surprising. If you're in the SV area, have about 5 hours, and want an enjoyable hike up to some beautiful views of the city; make your way up millers peak.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Great hike. The weather can change rapidly so prepare accordingly.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Moderate to difficult hike. Beautiful views, bring rain gear July through October.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Fun trail. Good workout. Try doing the creek bed for some easy rock climbing.

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