The Miller Peak Trail in the Huachuca Mountains climbs 3,000 feet over 5.5 miles to reach the highest peak in the range, giving hikers an unparalleled view of the surrounding deserts.
Coronado National Memorial
Coronado National Memorial lies on the southern border of Arizona with Mexico, commemorating the Coronado Expedition that passed through the area from 1540-1542. The park maintains a number of hiking trails, including the Joe’s Canyon Trail, the southern end of the Huachuca Crest Trail, and the Yaqui Ridge Trail, which is currently closed due to the ecological destruction of the area for the border wall. Coronado National Memorial also has the unique distinction of containing the southern terminus of the Arizona Trail (AZT), a National Scenic Trail that travels from Mexico to Utah through the state of Arizona. Using the Yaqui Ridge Trail and then the Huachuca Crest Trail, the AZT climbs out of the park and past Miller Peak, the highest point in the Huachuca Mountains. Coronado National Memorial has a trail for everyone and is well worth going out of the way for!
The 2.65 mile Joe’s Canyon Trail is a beautifully scenic Sonoran Desert grasslands trek up through a relatively lush and wild canyon, climbing out into the southern foothills of the Huachuca Mountains.
The Yaqui Ridge Trail is an easy two miles down to the border of Mexico from Montezuma Pass, but a strenuous climb back up, ascending 800 feet over some steep sections along the way.