HIKING, BIKING, & SKIING ALONG THE SKY ISLANDS
Coronado National Forest
Explore this picturesque recreational destination comprised of expansive wilderness regions and mountain ranges referred to as "sky islands." With elevations ranging from 3,000 feet to 10,720 feet, explore each complex ecosystem filled with diverse plants and wildlife that includes over 576 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Along with scenic trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking, Coronado National Forest is also a great winter destination for bird watching, skiing and snowboarding. Bring your camera for breathtaking photography opportunities along the way.
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- Open daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Pedestrians and cyclists are not required to pay a vehicle fee. Christmas and New Years Day are free.
- $5.00 per vehicle per day
- $10.00 per vehicle per week
- $20.00 per vehicle per year
- Commercial Film & Photography Shoots
- Recreation Events
- Mountain Biking
- Horseback Riding
What are some recreational activities in Coronado National Forest?Outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with everything Coronado National Forest has to offer. Explore the many scenic hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. Enjoy boating and fishing in the warmer months, and winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed at Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Bird watching is a popular activity, as you can expect to see some rare finds. The forest is also an amazing destination for rock climbing with outcroppings and stony hoodoos in the Santa Catalina Ranger District. Adventurers can also enjoy backcountry touring and ATVing
What are popular places to visit in Coronado National Forest?The Coronado National Forest has eight Wilderness Areas, that are some of the most biologically diverse in the country. Mt. Graham is home to over 11 endemic species that are found nowhere else on Earth, making this a must-see while visiting. Cave Creek Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains is a hotspot for biodiversity, with unique habitats and endangered species. Mt. Lemmon is the place to go for winter activities like skiing and snowboarding, and the Pinaleno Mountains are perfect for hiking, biking and picnicking the day away. The views from these mountains is spectacular. Explore Onyx Cave and the Cave of Bells for a fascinating underground wilderness experience.