Coronado National Forest Guide

Rugged canyons cut through peaks studded with juniper and ponderosa pine trees in the Coronado National Forest. Divided between multiple districts in southwestern Arizona, this unique forest offers diverse landscapes and activities — hike through bustling canyons close to nearby Tucson, or head to remote stretches of desert close to the Mexico border. With opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, and boating, the forest offers an activity for every day of the year.

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Coronado National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Coronado National Forest

The many different districts of the Coronado National Forest offer a wide range of outdoor activities. If you're interested in flora, fauna, or wildlife, head to Sycamore Canyon. With more than 625 different plant species — including many that are endangered or rare — it's a nature lover's dream. You'll also find more than 130 bird species in the region. The aptly named Bear Canyon is a great place to see black bears, and many of the canyons in the forest offer glimpses of nimble bighorn sheep.

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How to get to Coronado National Forest

Address: 300 W. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701

Fee: Entry fee $0

With its rugged canyons and rocky peaks, the Coronado National Forest is one of the most unique spots in the national forest system. Whether you're coming to enjoy the Arizona sunshine or relax in camp with a view of the mountains, an RV is a great way to travel. Stick to one spot or use your motorhome as a moving home base to explore different sections of this spectacular wilderness area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Coronado National Forest

Is Coronado National Forest open all year round?

Yes, Coronado National Forest is open all year round. However, several campgrounds are open only from November 1 - April 30, during the cooler season.

What is the closest town to Coronado National Forest?

Mescal is one of the closest towns to Coronado National Forest. Other nearby towns include Whetstone and Benson.

Does Coronado National Forest offer free camping sites?

Yes, there is an $8 fee per vehicle per day in Coronado National Forest. If you'll be staying more than a day, there is a $10 fee per vehicle per week.

What type of wildlife lives in Coronado National Forest?

Wildlife in Coronado National Forest includes black bears, mountain lions, deer, and a variety of birds.

Is there a limit to how long you can camp in Coronado National Forest?

Yes, there is a limit on how long you can camp in Coronado National Forest. The forest has a 14-day stay limit for all camping.