Coronado Trail Scenic Byway
National Forest: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Length: 123.0 mi / 197.9 km
Time to Allow: Four to five hours of driving time, including over 400 switchbacks
Drive through high desert and forests, and see former Native American footpaths first used as horse paths by Conquistadors and prospectors, then as wagon trails for pioneers. While admiring the scenic beauty, imagine nomadic tribes of hunters, gatherers, trappers, outlaws, homesteaders, lumberjacks, and ranchers living along the byway.
Experience the solitude of nature along the Coronado Trail in Arizona. One of Arizona’s best kept secrets, this seldom-traveled byway offers stunning displays of nature in diverse environments all year round. So, pack up the car, leave the world behind, and head out on the Coronado Trail.
Seeking the riches of the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola, Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's 1540 route ran close to this scenic byway. Today's riches along this byway are of a different nature -- vistas stretching for miles on end, friendly communities, and an abundance of varied recreational opportunities and wildlife.
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1-Day Trip: Touring the Coronado
Enjoy a trip that includes a unique landscape--from the earth tones of rock outcrops, high desert cacti, and shrubs to the lush greens of the...