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Coronado Cave Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Sierra Vista
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.14 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,205 feet
Elevation Gain 470 feet
Accumulated Gain 475 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.52
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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5  2017-06-03 SkyIslandHiker
12  2015-09-07 chumley
11  2015-03-10 AZLOT69
3  2014-11-14 BenTelly
5  2012-03-15 MAVM
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Apr
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:06am - 6:24pm
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Starting from the west end of the Visitor Center parking area, this steep and rocky trail requires careful footing as one climbs along the limestone ridge to Coronado Cave. Entrance to the 600 foot long cave is unimproved and difficult. Small children and mobility impaired individuals may require extra assistance. For your safety, wear sturdy hiking shoes, appropriate clothing and carry at least one flashlight per person or two if travelling alone. No candles, flares or lanterns.
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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Coronado Cave Trail
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    Decided to check out this cave. I didn't know anything about it. In some ways I was pleasantly surprised. But it was a little drab compared to others I've visited. Probably why it's open to the public. I think by definition this is a "dead" cave. No water and no real signs of geologic processes continuing. Still a worthwhile visit if you're ever here. It's a short, easy hike that just about anybody can do.
    Coronado Cave Trail
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    Near to the Coronado National Memorial - A nice little hike that is close to town and near to several better known trailheads. Trailhead parking lot along the roadway. Extremely well maintained! It might be short, but the vertical rise in the second half is littered with 30 - 40% grade durations. The overall avg. grade for this hike is 119.7%. GPS Route Available.
    Coronado Cave Trail
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    Went on this hike with my family to explore a nice cave at Coronado National Memorial as the other hikes at the memorial were longer and would delay our trip back home. The gain was very sharp for such a short hike and my wife had some difficulty. There were plenty of switchbacks and the last portion of the hike was loaded with steps including some between boulders. The cave was expansive, but did not go in far as my back was acting up. The weather was outstanding and we took backs memories of this unsung national memorial near Sierra Vista, AZ. :)
    Coronado Cave Trail
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    Trail has had a lot of work done to it since I've been here last. They did an awesome job which has made the trail easier. Trail is fairly steep but not to long. Lots of wildlife about. I didn't go into the cave this time as I have been in there before. Lots of damage and vandalism inside, but still neat to explore.

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    Coronado Forest
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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Phoenix or Tucson take I-10 east and exit south on Hwy. 90 to Sierra Vista, then south on Hwy. 92 to S. Coronado Memorial Drive. (From Bisbee, take Hwy 92 west). Follow S. Coronado Memorial Drive 5 miles to the Visitor Center.

    Approx 3 hours & 40 minutes from Phoenix
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