Hiking the Border: Coronado National Memorial

Huffington Post

James Orndorf

Tucked far away from the noise of the world, adjacent to very little and convenient to almost nothing (an enviable amount of nothing and very little), the Coronado National Memorial sits along the border with Mexico in southeastern Arizona, just over 200 miles from Phoenix. The site was designated the Coronado International Memorial on August 18, 1941, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado’s search for the Seven Cities of Cibola. Coronado’s expedition was one of the first major European explorations of what would become the United States.

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