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Mexican Border Road Professional Review and Guide
"This long and greatly varied trail travels through some spectacular scenery in southern Arizona, at times running less than a mile north of the border with Mexico. Although the trail can be completed in five hours, it is best to allow a full day to appreciate the many things of interest along the way. The trail leaves from Arizona 92 south of Sierra Vista and immediately travels through ranchland as a paved road. It enters the Coronado National Memorial where there are picnic areas, an informative visitor center, and the start of several hiking trails within the memorial. Special Attractions: Harshaw town site and cemetery; Views to the south over the grasslands toward Mexico; Trail can be combined with either Flux Canyon Trail or Mexican Border Road for an interesting day’s drive. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)."
--Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson, Backcountry Adventures: Arizona (Adler Publishing ).
This trail contains the section from Cornado National Monument Ranger Station to Monument Pass. We did not go down the Mexican Border Road to Nogales. It's lonely, isolated, and you best be self sufficient and prepared. Sure there's Border Patrol. We had no incidents or problems, but we only went from Ranger station to Monument Pass. Now the good things: good road, passable by 2wd with some clearance, Great views and vistas, you climb quicker than you realize, Monument Pass overlook has bathrooms and paved parking. Good little run. Can't comment about he the Cave Trail as we didn't see it on the way up.
Trail starts out in the Coronado National Memorial, which climbs up to a very scenic overveiw. Over that it steadily drops down on the back side of the mountain and continues running on a very rough rocky road till you get to Lake Page and Hwy 83, which is paved two-lane and takes you back to the Arizona wine country. OK trip. I hear, if you continue on the Border Trail West, there's a lot more to see and becomes scenic again. After going over the mountain, it became dull reptitive scenary. Some cougars and javalina's in the area made it interesting, especially with the top down.
An interesing and slightly eerie dirve. Encountered no illegals, but found the numerous Border Security patrols both friendly and helpful.
Trails.com has been informed that sections of Coronado National Memorial, especially the Cave and Cave Trail, were closed indefinitely due to flooding in summer 2006.
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