The Coronado Peak Trail is located in the Coronado National Memorial in southern Arizona, about 100 miles southeast of Tuscon and just a few miles from the Mexico border. There are several trails and interesting natural features located in the park, so your pack might want to spend a whole day exploring. The shortest and most scenic trail, Coronado Peak Trail connects the Visitor Center parking lot with the top of the mountain for barkworthy views in every direction.
The Coronado Peak Trail is a mere 0.4 miles in each direction, a bit under a mile for the full trip. Though short, it can be challenging due to the dramatic incline. Your fur family will make a steep ascent to the summit and a sloping return to the parking area, climbing and falling almost 300 feet in elevation.
Benches and signs detailing the history of the 1540-42 Coronado Expedition (namesake of this splendid trail) provide convenient rest stops for your own expedition to the peak. With a summit at over 6,800 feet, there are no barriers to impede the stunning panoramic view over the San Pedro Valley and into Mexico. At the top, a covered gazebo with interpretive signs gives you an excuse for a little break before descending.
Restrooms and water are available in the parking area, and you'll want a full water bottle for this hike given its high-and-dry location. Make sure Fido and Fifi get a good drink before and after their walk, too. The park recommends drinking 1 quart per person per hour in summer, so you may need a hefty supply.
Trails are open until sunset, but the Visitor Center closes at 4 pm, so plan accordingly if anyone wants to check out the historical artifacts on display. (Pups aren't allowed inside the Visitor Center and should never, ever be left in a car, so skip the exhibits if you're the only human in your group.)
There's no admission or parking fee for the Coronado National Memorial. The 5 other park trails are worth sniffing out: some explore caves and grasslands for hikers who prefer a more level walk. If you log more than 3 miles of park trail and take a selfie on each trail you visit, you qualify for a free CNM pin from the Visitor Center thanks to the I Hike for Health program. Fido will be so proud of you!