Temporary Trail Closure due to Border Wall Construction

Temporary Trail Closure

Due to a large Homeland Security based construction project along the US-Mexico border, the National Park Service is implementing public use closure at Coronado National Memorial, effective at 0001 hours on December 1, 2019. Pursuant to the authority contained in the 16 United States Code 3, and Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, sections 1.5 (a)(1), the following acts are prohibited within Coronado National Memorial.


  1. All visitor use, including driving, walking, and any access inside the described area. The closure will exclude all entry from the border fence and related project areas for public safety. See map for closure area.


This closure includes areas within Coronado National Memorial. The area south of the main park road from the east entrance to the picnic area. South of the picnic area, along the area south of Joe’s Canyon trail, to the Yaqui Ridge trail south to the US-Mexico International Border. The trails, main park road, picnic area, and Montezuma Pass will remain open. Only areas south of the main park road, picnic area, will be closed to all foot, and vehicle entry for the duration of the construction project.


The purpose of this closure is to protect the public from heavy construction traffic, ensure the safe and unimpeded access for construction vehicles and project work. The goal is to reduce possible safety related interactions that could impact the visiting public.


  1. This Order shall be in effect when signed and shall remain in effect until project termination.
  2. This Order supersedes, rescinds, and replaces any previous orders prohibiting the same acts covered by this order.
  3. Any violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for individuals and/or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months.
For a map of the closure area, click here.