Coronado National Memorial

Culture / Outdoor / Visitor Center

Hereford, AZ

Sampling the rich cultural blend of a border region.

Bilingual exhibits at Coronado National Monument explore the heritage shared today by the peoples of both Mexico and the United States, highlighting the ongoing influences of Spanish, American Indian, Mexican, Anglo, and other cultures.

Francisco Vásquez de Coronado’s journey in 1542—the beginning of a Spanish era of exploration and settlement in the American Southwest—is where the story begins. Coronado’s expedition failed to find the cities of gold it was seeking, yet the newcomers changed the region’s culture forever.