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Coronado National Forest at Arizona

Coronado National Forest

Benson, Arizona, 85602
Category: Activities
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Coronado National Forest In Arizona

Explore this exceedingly picturesque and popular area that's comprised of several expansive wilderness regions, including 20,190-acre Miller Peak, 56,933-acre Pusch, and 26,780-acre Santa Teresa. Each is home to complex ecosystems featuring a multitude of diverse plants and wildlife along with trails aplenty for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Visitors to Coronado National Forest are also invited to go bird watching, camping, and skiing.


Hours -

Day use recreation sites: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Prices -

Fee Area Passes
  • $5.00 per vehicle per day
  • $20.00 per vehicle per year
  • $10.00 per vehicle per week
Those who do not enter a fee area in a vehicle are not required to buy a pass.


  • Group Recreation Events
  • Weddings
  • Commercial Film/Photography Shoots


  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Camping
  • Birding
  • Horseback Riding


Many day use recreation areas in the Coronado National Forest require a pass that can be purchased on a daily, weekly or annual basis. Whichever pass you have, it’s good at all fee sites, which are open between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. For more information about passes, visit www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coronado/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=fswdev7_018712.


There is no shortage of campgrounds in Coronado National Forest. Boasting elevations from 3,000 to 9,000 feet, the campgrounds are open all year long. Most of them feature toilets or outhouses and sources of drinking water. A good number of the sites are accessible by car and some are able to accommodate trailers and RVs.


  • What are my recreational options in Coronado National Forest?

    You’ll have plenty of options. There are innumerable hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. Boating and fishing are also available though in limited areas as most of the land is pretty dry. Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed at Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
  • Are there any days that I can enter Coronado National Forest for free?

    There sure are. Free days include Christmas and New Year’s Day. There’s also Free Fishing Day in June along with other non-paying days, which are set by Coronado National Forest officials. All free days are announced in advance.

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