Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

backpacking
3 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.

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
9 months ago

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

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
10 months ago

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.

Monday, October 10, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

Beautiful views!!! The lookout cabin is not there anymore, it burnt down a few years ago in the last forest fire.

on Lutz Canyon Trail

Friday, May 13, 2016

We took Lutz Canyon to get to Miller's Peak. It was beautiful, challenging, and a lot of fun. Bring plenty of water and watch out for rattle snakes!

hiking
Friday, March 11, 2016

Quick hike to the top from the parking lot, and a gorgeous view of Mexico.

hiking
Friday, December 25, 2015

Me and my wife made this hike on 12-19 while spending an evening in Bisbee. It was the most remarkable part of the trip!! I truly loved it. Beautiful views of Mexico and the trail was well maintained. Met up with some fellow hikers who were friendly. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a new trail to explore. Well worth it!!!

hiking
Sunday, June 21, 2015

Trailhead is (now) well marked, particularly when coming from Ruby. Large brown FS signs for the trail, and for the parking area across the road. There is a left turn onto route 39 about 10 miles down Ruby Road. Route 39 turns to dirt soon after. Lat:31.40493 Lon:-111.14698 (from http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/Atascosa_Lookout_0000.asp)

The trail itself was well marked and easy to follow. I was glad to have chosen pants and boots, despite the 100F forecast. Beautiful 360 view from the top, around the various weather and communication installations. Cool at the top as well, owing to the steady wind. Past a concrete cistern, and a helicopter landing area near the top. Round trip took right at 4 hours, including lingering at the top for probably 15 minutes.

hiking
Sunday, October 12, 2014

I went to do this today, and couldn't find the trailhead. Even asked a Park Ranger and they didn't know of it. Tried everything. If you have an idea, let me know. I did the Lake trail instead, which worked out for my dogs, but I still want to find this trail!

hiking
Monday, July 28, 2014

This trail is bipolar with scenic views along the way to keep you hoping it'll become even keel along the way. It took me about 2 hours to complete this hike with a total distance of approximately 6.4 from the ranger station to the peak and back (I cut off a bit of trail just beneath the peak to take a more direct route to the top but descended the more legit trail). The first mile and a quarter were full of frantic switch backs, finally leveling along a ridge line that again rose up to the Coronado Peak. Somewhere around the middle of the trail is the trail head to the Yaqui Trail, which goes down to the Southern Terminus of the Arizona trail, which is a border monument. Overall, this trail is easy with some portions being moderately strenuous. The vistas along the way are worth the sweat. The Yaqui trail spur is worth taking to be able to visit Mexico sans passport.

trail running
Sunday, July 13, 2014

I've been street level with a thug before, but never eye level with a vulture. When I began hiking up Joe's Canyon Trail this morning, that all changed. I'm not sure if it was tracking me and hopefully waiting for me to die, or if it was tracking something else, but it spent a good deal of time with me as I ascended 1500 feet on the thin winding trail up Smuggler's Ridge to Yaqui Ridge, then to Montezuma Pass. At times it was below me, coming within a few arm's lengths. I tried to snap a photo with my cell phone, but the phone isn't a camera but rather my social media communication device. If I'd only had my wife's Nikon. Maybe next time.

I was eager to make the hike because I had brand new Altra Superior 1.5s. I felt a little achy this morning and had already made excuses not to go. But then my desire to get out of the house and embrace nature kicked in. And did I get nature. It was beautiful. From the views of Montezuma and San Rafael Valleys to the bubbling spring fed streams, to the rocks, to the wide sweeping expanses of desert that WASN'T Afghanistan, this was just what I needed.


I had trouble finding the lower trail head. I knew it was supposed to be at a Ranger Station, so I drove all the way up to the pass looking for it. I saw the upper trail head. I could have taken that, but with just me and only one car that meant I would have had to run down and walk up, instead of walking up and running down. So once I got back down the mountain I saw a side road to a picnic area and asked a border patrol agent who was fitted out in tactical field gear.

He knew and I was on the trail within moments after that.

The first mile is steep but on a well-maintained path with enough switchbacks to help you rise 1000 feet in that first mile. About half a mile in I heard water and soon was greeted with a microclimate of evergreens and a bubbling brook with waterfalls. How awesome!

About a mile and a half in I saw the saddle for Smuggler's Ridge covered in golden wheat against a blue sky. Extraordinary. I took a wrong turn near the top. The trail splits and it's not marked. Had I continued on what must have been the Yaqui trail for a mile, I would have been in Mexico. But I backtracked and soon found myself at Montezuma Pass.

Wow. To think that Francisco Vasquez de Coronado brought conquistadors through this very spot in 1540 looking for the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola. That's some history for you.

I spent ten minutes on the top, adjusting my shoes and getting a lot of water. I'd brought a pack with a camelbak, but I saved that for on the move drinking and drank out of the other water bottle I packed. I was wearing brand new Altra Superior 1.5s. They're fairly minimal with zero drop and made for trails so I was eager to break them in. I was going to wear ankle socks, but these shoes eat them. I've had shoes like them before and they cause the sock to come off the heel. So I did it barefoot and cleaned out some sand that had gotten into the shoes. High on the heel of my left foot I had loose skin which was preparing to become a serious blister, so I made sure to tighten both shoes. The right foot was just fine. The shoes were terrific. Lots of stability. Although minimal, the stoneguard rock protection was just awesome.

After ten minutes, I was back on the trail, this time running when I could. Some of the path was too rocky and I just didn't want to run. But where it was a dirt path I was hauling and cut thirty minutes off the descent.

This was a great hike.

I'm definitely going to do it again.

And as a reward I grabbed two Adobada Tacos and ate them in the park.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Haven't done this yet but look forward to it. I will be visiting family beginning of July. I would enjoy hoking most of the trails available, hopefully I can find me someone to show me around.

hiking
Friday, March 28, 2014

We started hiking at the bottom (Ranger Station) and went up hill to the ridge, (about 2 mi). A nice trail with great views as we gained in elevation. On our way up we met face to face with a "Coyote" and 6 UDA's (Undocumented Aliens) following him down. We just stepped aside and let them pass.
Overall a great hike I would rate a moderate. Approx. 1,200' Elevation gain.

trail running
Sunday, December 01, 2013

Very short hike (.3 Mile) to Coronado Peak. There are benches along the way too. Spectacular views all around. I recommend this as a warm up for Joe's Peak Trail!

trail running
Sunday, December 01, 2013

I love trail running and this one is excellent for it. A little over three miles and mostly downhill. This is a point to point trail so unless you are prepared to run uphill for 3 miles back to your vehicle, leave one at the bottom.

hiking
Friday, November 29, 2013

Good luck finding this trail. The Park Service has no signage whatsoever until you are at the trail head which is where the road dead ends. (I have updated the directions) On the way I felt as if I should not be there, especially when I passed a sign stating it is legal to discharge firearms beyond that point. Can you hear the banjos too? I was considering a u-turn but that is impossible on this road. Second, the "trail" is a dry creek bed and has every perfectly sized rock to twist your ankle on. I was there for trail running which is impossible, so after about 1.5 miles I decided I was not having fun and turned around. If you plan to hike this trail, wear BOOTS. Photos added.

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