Coronado Cave Spelunking

I think my husband and I enjoy rolling around in the dirt more than the average person.  Maybe that's part of the reason we went back to the Coronado National Memorial...  But hopefully good times were had by all.

Leonids and friends in front of Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ

Trail hike to Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ
There was a short hike to the cave.  It starts to get a little steep but it's still an easy hike with good views.

Coronado National Memorial in AZ

Trail hike to Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ
At some point, water runs through here...

Leonids and friends in front of the entrance to  Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ
This is us, somewhat clean, right before entering the cave.

Leonids inside Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ
Like I mentioned previously...  I think my husband and I enjoy the dirt more than the average person....  Look at that sheer, unadulterated expression of joy!

Spelunking inside Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ
Exploring some of the smaller tunnels that lead to nowhere.

Spelunking inside Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ

Leonids spelunking inside the smaller tunnels at Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ

Spelunking inside Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ

Leonids exploring below inside Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ

Leonids exploring below inside Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ

Spelunking inside Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ

Spelunking inside Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ

The cave is smaller than I remember.  I think after about 40 minutes of exploring and making bad decisions, we headed out for a late lunch.

Exiting Coronado Cave at Coronado National Memorial in AZ

We took the scenic and faster route through Bisbee and headed over to Tombstone where we were treated like, uh, VIP in our private parlor at the Longhorn Restaurant.  I highly recommend them over the "famous" Big Nose Kate's restaurant.  We were initially going to lunch there but the rude service and kiddy fold-out table they sat us at convinced us to head over to the Longhorn Restaurant, where we were treated kindly and the ribs were delicious.

Main street of Tombstone, AZ

Cowboy fight in Tombstone, AZ
Fight!  Fight!  Fight!

Pile of cow skulls at Tombstone, AZ

Horse and carriage strolling through Tombstone, AZ

Boothill graveyard in Tombstone, AZ

Clantons and McLaury headstones in the Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone, AZ
The infamous Clanton's and McLaury's tombstones.

George Johnson headstone in the Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone, AZ

Lester Moore headstone in the Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone, AZ

Headstones in the Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone, AZ
Interesting encryptions....  do you think Chink Smiley was a nickname? =P

Two Chinese headstone in the Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone, AZ
Hmmm...  do you think that's a nickname... or if there really are two Chinese buried there? =P

All in all, another awesome day of adventure!

Coronado Cave

Address: 4101 E. Montezuma Canyon Rd., Hereford, AZ 85615
Fees: FREE
Website: nps.gov/coro

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