Coronado Memorial: Epic Gold Quest & San Pedro Views | WNPA


National Memorial


Seeking cities of gold, 339 European soldiers and hundreds of Aztec allies took an epic journey through arid deserts and rugged mountains. No physical evidence of the Coronado Expedition exists here, but the park offers a sweeping view of the San Pedro River, which the expedition followed to find the mythical Cíbola.

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Coronado National Memorial, located in southeast Arizona, was established by President Harry S. Truman on November 5, 1952. The park is the only unit of the National Park System that commemorates Francisco Vázquez de Coronado’s 1540–1542 expedition throughout the American Southwest, preserving and interpreting the natural and human history of the border region. Encompassing 4,750 acres of land within the Huachuca Mountains and the San Pedro River Valley, the park comprises four major biomes: Sierra Madre, Rocky Mountain, Chihuahuan Desert, and Sonoran Desert. Among the memorial’s 44 species of animals and more than 170 species of birds, visitors can observe white-tailed deer, coatimundis, Mexican jays, peregrine falcons, vermilion flycatchers, and more. Coronado’s expedition, while marked with both wonder and cruelty, nonetheless represents an important part of our national story. Coronado National Memorial protects and preserves the complex history and diverse wildlife of this vast borderland.

Stories from Coronado

Passive Audio Monitoring of Federally Threatened Mexican Spotted Owl and Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
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National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.

Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist

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