On January 6, 1540, the Spanish government commissioned Francisco Vásquez de Coronado to command an expedition to find the rumored seven large cities, with streets lined with goldsmith shops, houses of many stories, and doorways studded with emeralds and turquoise! Coronado National Memorial commemorates and interprets the significance of Coronado’s expedition and the resulting cultural influences of 16th century Spanish colonial exploration in the Americas.
Leashed pets are allowed on all paved roads and on the Crest Trail, the 5.3 miles one-way to Miller Peak. Leashes must be no longer than six feet. Pets are not allowed in buildings, in caves, or on most trails. and into the National Forest. The trailhead is across the road at the northeast end of the Montezuma Pass parking area.