Coronado Peak trail

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Hiking Montezuma's Pass May 30, 2010
The Coronado Peak Trail is located about 20 miles south of Sierra Vista in the Coronado National Reservation. In this region, is the 5000 acre reservation dedicated to explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, the first European to explore the area. At the top of the mountain, the trail head to a quarter mile trail begins. The trail has stops with benches overlooking the great canyon with plaques on which a 50 year history of the exploration is explained. In the year 1540 Coronado left Compostela, Mexico with 700 men in search of the lost Seven Cities of Cìbola. The cities of Cibola were believed to be rich in gold, other minerals and jewels.

How to get there:

From Sierra Vista head south on highway 92 to South Coronado Memorial Drive. Continue for 5 miles until you get to the visitor center. At the visitor center, you can learn about Coronado's fruitless quest for riches. We did not go into the visitor center, but found all the history about the exploration right up the mountain where a dedicated quarter mile trail is dedicated to Coronado.

From the visitor center, there is a 1,000 ft elevation gain as you drive up to 6,575-foot to Montezuma's Pass, which is in the center of the memorial and provides far-reaching views of Sonora, Mexico, to the south, the San Pedro River to the east, and several mountain ranges and valleys to the west. Along the .8-mile round-trip Coronado Peak Trail, you'll also have good views of the valley and can read quotations from the journals of Coronado's followers. There are also some longer trails where you'll see few other hikers.
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