The forest was designated a national forest on April 11, 1902, and is governed by the United States Forest Service. Visitors to Coronado National Forest are attracted by several interesting features. Some of the more interesting features include 12 mountain ranges, also called Arizona's ‘sky islands’.
These mountain ranges encompass diverse climatic and vegetative regions that not only offer picturesque and panoramic views but also opportunities to enjoy recreational activities like fishing, camping, hunting, mountain biking, boating, hiking, skiing, spelunking, rock climbing, and ORV riding.
Other amenities in the park that visitors can get to enjoy include 32 campgrounds, visitor centers, dispersed camping, 31 picnic sites, trails, scenic drives, ORV area, and eight wilderness areas. These wilderness areas include Galiuro Wilderness, Chiricahua Wilderness, Mount Wrightson Wilderness, Miller Peak Wilderness, Pajarita Wilderness, Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Rincon Wilderness, and Santa Teresa Wilderness.
Coronado National Forest welcomes dogs as long as the dogs are accompanied by owners who are responsible for their pets. For example, dog owners are expected to ensure that their dogs do not venture into areas of the forest that are out-of-bounds to dogs. These areas are specifically designated as areas that should not be disturbed since there are easily destroyed by dogs and other pets.
Furthermore, dog owners are expected to immediately clean up after their dogs and dispose of the dog poop in the right manner. All dog owners are also expected to ensure that their dogs are always on a leash that is no more than six feet in length or that their dogs are kept in a secure enclosure when they are not leashed.