Covering nearly 1.8 million acres in southeastern Arizona and a small part of New Mexico, the Coronado National Forest is a series of non-contiguous sky island mountain ranges -- areas of forest atop high mountains above the desert floor. Recreational opportunities of all kinds are available in addition to excellent camping and hiking.
The Coronado National Forest contains some of the more notable hiking destinations near Tucson, including most of the high mountains visible from within the city limits. Mount Lemmon, Rincon Mountain, and Mount Wrightson are three popular peaks with excellent trails. The Chiricahua Wilderness is another worthwhile destination due to its adjacency to Chiricahua National Monument, a place home to intriguing hoodoos reminiscent of Bryce Canyon National Park. With such a vast amount of land in the forest, there are trails to meet all needs and skill levels.