Coronado National Memorial free public programs for winter and spring visitors

Coronado National Memorial free public programs for winter and spring visitors
Coronado National Memorial (Source: National Park Service)

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Coronado National Memorial is pleased to announce the return of free, ranger-guided programs in the park. All programs are free of charge, and no reservations are necessary.

Ranger-led Coronado Cave tours leave from the Coronado Cave trailhead, 1/4 mile west of the visitor center, each Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m. now until May 4. This is a fun and educational experience into a large limestone cavern. Learn about cave formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, and columns, and the secret history of the cave. This activity requires a moderately strenuous, one-mile round-trip hike to the cave entrance, and a steep, 40-foot rocky descent from the cave entrance to the cave floor. The park will provide headlamps and gloves, but participants are encouraged to bring their own source of light, extra batteries, gloves, sun protection, and water. Sturdy shoes are required due to the uneven terrain. The tour lasts approximately two hours. Groups of ten or more should call the park to arrange a group tour.

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 10, join a park ranger for a guided hike to Coronado Peak. Learn about the Coronado expedition and the indigenous people who lived here before the expedition on this hour and a half long hike. This program requires a moderate, less than one-mile round-trip hike to the peak and back (300 foot elevation gain). Hikers should bring sturdy shoes, water, and sun protection. Meet at the visitor center at 8:30 a.m. to ride the shuttle to the program, or meet the ranger at Montezuma Pass at 9 a.m.

The park is pleased to continue the free hiker shuttle service from the visitor center to Montezuma Pass. The shuttle van will leave the visitor center every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. to transport riders to Montezuma Pass, where a ranger will give a brief program about the park. Hikers can take the 3-mile Joe’s Canyon Trail back to their vehicle and the visitor center. Riders can also opt to take in the views and spend about 20 minutes at the overlook before taking the shuttle back down to the visitor center. Contact the park for more information.

The park is open every day, from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about programs, or directions to the park, please contact the visitor center staff at 520-366-5515, ext. 0, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/coro, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coronadonationalmemorial and on Instagram at coronado_nps

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