Bat mist-netting at Chiricahua National Monument. Team photo, from left to right: Erin Conway, Estefanía Vicens-Clavell, Estefanía Ramírez, Karen Krebbs, Erica Doody, Helen Fitting, Cody Walsh, Jessica Garcia, Vanessa Wyns and Brooke Kubby.

Hello all!

The first expedition into the Southwest of the United States was in 1540 by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado. The park commemorates that expedition. Coronado National Memorial is distinguished by its high mountains around the desert. From Montezuma Peak, the highest point in the park through park roads, one can appreciate the beautiful views of the valley and surrounding mountains. In the distance, one can see the border with México. It is the best place to see sunsets in the park. The different colors in the sky when the sun is about to fall give you an immense sense of peace. There is also plenty of wildlife to see, one sunset I saw a bobcat walking around Montezuma Peak. I have also seen a skunk, white-tailed deer, a lot of birds, and wild turkeys. It is wonderful to appreciate the magnificent nature of Coronado. So far, I have worked in Coronado National Memorial and Chiricahua National Monument on different projects. I still have a lot to explore in these parks since I’ve only done two trails in Coronado National Memorial and none at Chiricahua National Monument. Eventually, I will visit Fort Bowie National Historic Site and learn about the archeology and geology of the area.

Until next week,

Estefanía

Erica Doody enjoying the view of the Coronado National Forest, and México, at Montezuma Pass sunset (Photo credit, Kubby, 2019).
Exploring the Coronado cave. Team photo, from left to right: Erica Doody, Vanessa Wyns, Estefanía Vicens-Clavell, Estefanía Ramírez, and Zach Palma.

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