Coronado Cave

Coronado Cave Map

On October 24, 2007, Ken and Linda visited Coronado Cave at the Coronado National Memorial.  The cave is approximately 600 feet in length, 20 feet high and 70 feet wide with several crawlways and passages, none of which is very extensive.  We spent about three hours for a leisurely, two mile round trip hike and visit to the cave.  You need water, hiking shoes, hiking sticks, and two flashlights per person.  You have to get a free permit at the Visitor Center to visit the cave.  The cave has been called by several names including Montezuma's Treasure Vault and Geronimo's Cave.  The limestone that houses Coronado Cave formed about 250-300 million years ago when southern Arizona was covered by a shallow sea.  The cave is now mostly dry except during the monsoons.  Click here and here for more information.

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Coronado National Memorial is about 12 miles south of our house and one mile north of the Mexican border at the "A."
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The cave is one mile (via the new trail) with a 500 ft. climb.
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There's a small museum and a video about Coronado.
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There are restrooms and a nice view of Montezuma Peak, alt. 7676 ft.
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This wild turkey was hanging around the Visitor Center.
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The Cave Trail starts just west of the Visitor Center.
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Sierra San Jose is in Mexico.
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Great views from the trail.
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Coronado Cave is located in the mountain beneath Montezuma Peak.
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Workers were building a new trail with good steps to repair the 2006 monsoon flood damage.
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The cave mouth
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The hardest part of the entire hike is climbing over the boulders into the cave mouth.
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Inside looking back out
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Draperies about 50 ft. inside the cave
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More draperies and a side passage
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There's another room behind Linda.
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Ceiling draperies
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This formation looks like a cow and is about the same size.
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Linda liked this stalagmite.
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It's about 11 ft. high.
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A smaller stalagmite nearby
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The stalagmite pair
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And the bigger picture with some stalactites above. This is location 1 and 2 on the cave map.
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This beautiful column is near the end of the cave at location 5 on the map.
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There's a second column near it.
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Another view
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The bottom detail
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Draperies and helictites at the top
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Helictites
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Column detail
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There's a small "window" with daylight and a breeze at the very end of the cave.
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This 7 in. long Scolopendra heros centipede near the "window" was the only critter we saw.

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