Coronado

Pocket Guide 2018

brochure Coronado - Pocket Guide 2018
TONTO NATIONAL FOREST D SAN CARLOS 79 G Florence 287 T R TE A SA O U N IZO NA Santa Teresa Wilderness Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness NA L SC 78 North Santa Teresa Wilderness G av A L IL TRA IU ai R O pa PI N A LE Ñ Mammoth 79 Sa n M TA N OU M S IN INDIAN O ! Hookers Hot Springs San Simon Cascabel (NPS) Davis Monthan AFB PASCUA YAQUI INDIAN RES. Willcox Rincon Mountain Wilderness SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK 7 ! Saguaro Wilderness RINCON Willcox Playa 10 MOUNTAINS Dos Cabezas Mountain Wilderness Willcox Range 186 INDIAN ve Kitt Peak National Observatory Coyote ! O Mountains Wilderness Dragoon O ! Colossal Cave Mountain Park RESERVATION Ri 86 M O U N D R A Sunsites G 84 42 T A IN S O E R S O C IN A A C T A N M U U O T M S IN O M O L San Pedro RNCA O L E P ! ? ARIZONA X I Douglas C San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge & Wilderness E UP AL S IN TA UN 80 92 AD C Bisbee Coronado National Memorial7 ! (NPS) San Rafael Ranch State Natural Area 63 80 MO S 61 7 GU IN B A A Parker 43 Canyon ! 44 Lake ! ! ? 46 ! 47 ! 49 ! Miller Peak 45 48 ! ! Wilderness M A C T Lochiel Fray Marcos de Niza Historical Monument O ! 42 ! MULE MOUNTAINS 92 U N 799 O ! Visitor Center H Nogales U 61 83 C 41 ! IL O ! ? IA TRA McNeal Area 83 Sierra Vista A PA 289 ON OU I Conservation Reservation Canelo M 38 37 ! ! 39 40 !! G TA M A NT NS U Pajarita Wilderness Peña Blanca Lake O ! Patagonia Lake State Park SCENIC UN AI NT OU M TA RI A NT SA I Patagonia Elfrida National Military H 8 39 L O ! State Historic Park Riparian Ft. Huachuca 827 NT AZ Sonoita Creek State Park Historic Site 74 Historic Park 49 PA JA RI MO TO UN TA IN S Las Cienegas RCA 82 ! Tumacacori National O Arivaca Lake S Tubac Presidio Huachuca City Sonoita Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory San Pedro Rodeo ! Camp Rucker O Gleeson Tombstone ! 54 ! 57 59 ! 58 ! ! Tombstone Courthouse Mt. Wrightson Wilderness O ! State Historic Park Tumacacori IN ! O 191 80 90 7 ! 55 Chiricahua Wilderness A 36 ! Whipple 7 ! Observatory Arivaca T 184 N Amado 22 Caverns State Park 52 ! 56 ! U 33 Tubac Buenos Aires Wilderness 34 ! ! 30 ! 31 ! 32 ! 35 ! Las Cienegas Resource Conservation Area 62 Pearce O 19 BUENOS AIRES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ! Kartchner O 53 ! Sunizona M Baboquivari Pk Wilderness 5 34 51 ! TA NS N Continental WHETSTONE MOUNTAINS 286 50 ! 6 Cave Creek (Seasonal) O Green Valley 181 5 338 80 (NPS) 7 ! r Benson Road Forks 10 Fort Bowie National Historic Site C H IR IC A H U A Chiricahua National Monument and Wilderness SAN XAVIER Three Points 4 Bowie d AZ Sonoran O ! Tucson Desert Mtn Park Museum k o O’ODHAM 70 Peloncillo Mountain Wilderness ee dr (NPS) 7 ! 191 Cr (Nature Conservancy) 7 ! 37 Sabino on Pe MONUMENT TUCSON Saguaro Wilderness m Redfield Canyon Wilderness Redington 86 7 ek 14 ! 18 ! 15 16 ! ! 19 ! ! ! Palisades 17 7 Park Pusch 20 21 ! 23 Ridge 22 ! Windy !! 25 ! 24! Wilderness Point O ! 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GILA APACHE NATIONAL 191 White Canyon Wilderness Florence National Guard Military Range RIVER RESERVATION Gila 77 INDIAN F Superior 60 GILA APACHE E ARIZONA 60 C N 1 B NEW MEXICO A 8 NEW MEXICO O D E F 2012, Revised 2018 miles National Forest Boundary Twilight Group Site D3 7400 2 May-Oct 14 AZ National Scenic Trail Other National Forest (NPS) Mar-Dec Reservation Required for group sites only (Contact Ranger District) Forest Visitor Center Other Visitor Center Recreation.gov 8 Points of Interest Welcome . . . to the Coronado National Forest! The Coronado National Forest offers recreational opportunities for everyone, from the rugged Miller Peak Wilderness to an easy shuttle ride up Sabino Canyon. There are many accessible facilities available on the forest. Some are described in the recreation table (located below the map on the opposite side) and others are included below. The following are some of the most popular recreation sites: Sky Islands The 1.7 million-acre Coronado National Forest is made up of 15 mountain ranges which rise dramatically from a sea of surrounding desert. Elevations range from 3,000 to 10,720 feet above sea level, supporting vegetation communities as biologically diverse as those encountered on a trip from Mexico to Canada. Views from these mountains are spectacular, and visitors might experience all four seasons during a single day on the Coronado, spending the morning wandering among giant saguaros and colorful wildflowers, having a picnic lunch under the brilliant golden leaves of a cottonwood tree, and playing in the snow later in the afternoon. The Santa Catalina Mountains are a spectacular backdrop for Tucson, Arizona. Please . . . The Coronado National Forest is named for the Spanish explorer Don Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, who led his expedition from Mexico through southern Arizona in 1540. Coronado was searching for gold and the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. He never found gold, but his name lives on. Help keep the Coronado clean and beautiful. Pack out what you pack in. Avoid damaging plants and other natural or cultural features. Use a map and stay on designated roads and trails. Call ahead and ask questions before heading out. Always be alert to campfire restrictions and be careful with fire. Enjoy your visit! Winn Falls, Chiricahua Mountains Desert Marigolds • Catalina State Park (B-4): The spectacular Santa Catalina Mountains form the backdrop for this beautiful desert park located just a few miles north of Tucson. Managed by Arizona State Parks, the area offers camping, picnicking, hiking, and equestrian facilities. Accessible facilities include parking, campsites, and restrooms. • Mt. Lemmon (B-4): In only an hour’s drive northeast from Tucson, visitors can be in the cool pines of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The mountains offer breathtaking vistas, campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, Rose Canyon Lake, Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley, and Palisades Visitor Center. Accessible facilities at Palisades Visitor Center include parking, a viewing deck, and the visitor center. Accessible facilities are also available at these vista points: Babad Do’ag, Molino Canyon, 7 Cataracts, Windy Point, Geology, Hoodoo, San Pedro, Sycamore Canyon and Aspen. Relaxing at Parker Canyon Lake Wilderness The Coronado encompasses eight separate wilderness areas, comprising almost 20 percent of the forest’s acreage. Wilderness lands are designated to protect areas of wild America for us, our children, and future generations. Wildernesses are ideal places for hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, camping and other activities. Undisturbed by civilization, one can find inspiration, spiritual renewal, personal challenge, and solitude. Virginia Creeper RG-R3-05-18 Deaf and Hearing Impaired - You may reach all offices by dialing 711 Historical Sites Interpretive trails in and around historic and prehistoric sites allow visitors to experience the past in the mountains of southeastern Arizona. From the remote military post of Camp Rucker in the Chiricahua Mountains, to the prehistoric Hohokam Village in Catalina State Park, to historic cabins in the wilderness, the past is an important part of the forest. Santa Catalina RD 5700 N.Sabnino Canyon Road Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 749-8700 Douglas RD 1192 W. Saddleview Douglas, AZ 85607 (520) 364-3468 If you visit an interpretive site or encounter evidence of prehistoric people while visiting the forest, please do not remove anything. These sites belong to everyone and are protected by law. Sabino Canyon (B-5): Located northeast from Tucson, this scenic canyon features towering cliffs and a creek with lush riparian vegetation. Activities include a visitor center, nature trails, shuttle rides, and picnic sites. The shuttle accommodates two wheelchairs and reservations are recommended; call (520) 749-2327. Accessible facilities are available at the visitor center. • F. L. Whipple Observatory Visitor Center (B-7): Located in the scenic foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains, this visitor center focuses on astrophysics and the observatory atop nearby Mt. Hopkins. A picnic areas and interpretive trail are located nearby. Accessible facilities include parking, the visitor center, a picnic site, and restrooms. • • Madera Canyon (B-7): Just an hour south of Tucson, this beautiful canyon offers camping, picnicking, hiking trails, and excellent bird watching opportunities. • Peña Blanca Lake (B-8): Located just 5 miles from the Mexican border, this 49-acre lake is surrounded by colorful bluffs and offers boating, fishing, a lakeshore trail, camping, and picnicking. • Parker Canyon Lake (C-8): This scenic 132-acre lake in the Huachuca Mountains offers boating, fishing, picknicking, hiking along the lakeshore, and adjacent camping. There is also a general store with boat rentals. • Reef Townsite (C-8): This historic mining district is located high in the Huachuca Mountains south of Sierra Vista. Opportunities include camping, picnicking, an interpretive trail and hiking trails. Nogales RD 303 Old Tucson Rd. Nogales, AZ 85621 (520) 281-2296 (Located at Ruby Rd. exit off I-19) Sierra Vista RD 4070 S. Avenida Saracino Hereford, AZ 85615 (520) 378-0311 Safford RD 711 14th Avenue Suite D Safford, AZ 85546 (928) 428-4150 Coronado NF Superviser’s Office 300 W. Congress Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 388-8300 Hearing Disabled - 711 For maps and other information, contact: • Mt. Graham (D-3): The spectacular Pinaleño Mountains, near Safford, offer camping, picnicking, fishing, the Columbine Visitor Information Center (seasonal), equestrian facilities, and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. • Cochise Stronghold (D-6): This natural fortress of the famous Apache leader, Cochise, is 1.5 hours east of Tucson in the Dragoon Mountains and offers camping, picnicking, a nature trail, a historical interpretive trail, and other hiking trails. • Cave Creek Canyon (F-6): This dramatic canyon situated on the east side of the Chiricahua Mountains, near the New Mexico border, is well known for its wide variety of birds and offers camping, picnicking, a visitor center (seasonal), and hiking trails. The visitor center is accessible. • Rustler Park (E-6): This beautiful meadow surrounded by cool pines in the Chiricahua Mountains offers camping, picnicking, and hiking trails. Closed seasonally. • Rucker Canyon (E-7): Located in the pine forests of the Chiricahua Mountains, this scenic area offers camping, picknicking, and hiking. Camp Rucker Historic Site and Interpretive Trail provides visitors a glimpse into the history of this area. Nogales 19 Enjoying an autumn hike in the Galiuro Wilderness. Tucson Sabino Canyon is a popular place to visit. 10 Yuma 8 70 60 10 Phoenix Globe 60 17 40 40 Kingman Flagstaff 93 89 191 160 Page 2018 Caution: Bear Country!! United States Department of Agriculture Coronado 1. Never leave food, trash, or odorous items like toothpaste out after use. Pocket Guide Pocket Guide 2. Store these items in bear-proof food storage boxes or in airtight containers hidden from view in your car with the windows rolled up. 3. Never store food, trash, or odorous items in your tent. Arizona Forest Service Southwestern Region Cover photo by Richard Strange 4. Place all trash in the bear-proof trash containers provided. 5. Backcountry users should string food, trash, and odorous items in a tree 15 feet up and 5 feet away from the trunk. 6. Never burn or bury your trash or grease; pack it out. Recreational Opportunities The variety of vegetation, climate, and geology in the mountains supports a wonderful diversity of wildlife. Nearly 600 vertebrate species are found in the forest, including unusual animals such as coatimundi, Gila monster, and javelina. More common vertebrates such as mountain lions, bobcats, and black bears also make the Coronado their home. Bird life is especially rich with over 400 species of birds found in southeastern Arizona. Cave Creek, Madera, Ramsey and other canyons of the southern mountain ranges are renowned bird watching areas for rare species such as the Elegant Trogon. The forest is home to a number of threatened or endangered plant and animal species as well. Management activities are designed to improve habitats for these species and assist their recovery in both population and distribution. The Coronado National Forest offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities year-round. During the summer, the higher elevations are most popular, offering temperatures on any given day that are at least 20 degrees cooler than the surrounding desert. These mountaintop sites also provide opportunities to ski and play in the snow during the winter months. Many of the low elevation recreation areas are located in scenic canyons or foothills, these sites are most popular during the fall, winter, and spring. The Coronado offers over 1,100 miles of trails, with five small lakes providing water-based activities. Eight wilderness areas encompass 338,536 acres, offering visitors solitude and primitive recreation. Please protect plants, wildlife habitat, and soils by staying on designated roads and trails. David Collister 93 Petroglyphs (Rock Art) Wildlife Viewing Winter snows transform the landscapes of southern Arizona. A Broad-billed Hummingbird; one of the many species of hummingbirds found on the Coronado. Madera Canyon is a favorite bird watching spot. To view the current Coronado Pocket Guide and Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) with your smart device, you may scan the QR codes below. 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