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Coconino National ForestThe Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes ranging from the famous Red Rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa Pine Forests, to alpine tundra.
Kaibab National ForestThe Kaibab National Forest is part of the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the United States. Bordering both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon, the 1.6 million acres of the Kaibab has the distinction of being divided by one of Nature's greatest attractions. Headquartered in Williams, Arizona, the South Kaibab covers 1,422 square miles and the North Kaibab stretches over 1,010 square miles.
Prescott National ForestComprised of about 1.25 million acres, the Prescott borders three other National Forests in Arizona: Kaibab, Coconino, and Tonto. Roughly half of the forest lies west of the city of Prescott, Arizona, in the Juniper, Santa Maria, Sierra Prieta, and Bradshaw Mountains. The other half of the Forest lies east of Prescott and takes in the Black Hills, Mingus Mountain, Black Mesa, and the headwaters of the Verde River.
Apache-Sitgreaves National ForestThe Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests are administered as one national forest. The major attractions of the Sitgreaves National Forest are the Mogollon Rim and eight cold-water lakes. From the Mogollon Rim's 7,600- foot elevation, vista points provide inspiring views of the low lands to the south. The Mogollon Rim (pronounced: muggy-own) extends two hundred miles from Flagstaff into western New Mexico. The Apache National Forest ranges in elevation from 3,500 feet to nearly 11,500 feet and is named for the tribes that settled in this area. The area from Mount Baldy east to Escudilla Mountain is often referred to as the White Mountains of Arizona. From the edge of the Mogollon Rim south of Hannagan Meadow the land drops precipitously into the high desert around Clifton.
Tonto National ForestThe Tonto National Forest, Arizona, embraces almost 3 million acres of rugged and spectacularly beautiful country, ranging from Saguaro cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains beneath the Mogollon Rim. This variety in vegetation and range in altitude (from 1,300 to 7,900 feet) offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, whether it's lake beaches or cool pine forest.
Cave Creek Regional ParkCave Creek Park is part of the Maricopa County Regional Parks System. Located north of Phoenix, this 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert. Ranging in elevation from 2,000 feet to 3,060, this desert oasis provides any hiker and equestrian majestic views. The Go John Trail loops around a mountain to provide the illusion of being miles away from civilization. In the 1870s, fever stricken gold seekers staked their dreams on the jasper-studded hills. Guided trails to these sites give visitors an opportunity to travel back in time.
San Tan Mountain Regional ParkAlthough actually located in Pinal County, the San Tan Mountain Regional Park is part of the Maricopa County Regional Park System. Consisting of over 10,000 acres, the southeast Valley park is a fine example of the lower Sonoran Desert. The park ranges in elevation from about 1,400 feet to over 2,500 feet. Goldmine Mountain is located in the northern area, with a spectacular San Tan Mountain escarpment in the southern portion of the park. The vegetation changes from creosote flats to dense saguaro forest. Various types of wildlife may be observed, including reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran PreserveThe Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a large, permanently protected, sustainable desert habitat that includes an interconnected network of non-motorized, multi-use trails (hike/bike/horse) accessed from multiple trailhead locations.
South Mountain ParkPhoenix's South Mountain Park at over 16,000 acres of lower Sonoran Desert is often referred to as the largest municipal park in the country. It boasts 51 miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking.
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation AreaSpur Cross Ranch is part of the Maricopa County Regional Parks System. The conservation area encompasses 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert. Spur Cross Ranch contains fascinating archaeology sites and lush riparian areas along Cave Creek, which flows throughout the winter months. Remnants of early mining and ranching, from which the park gets its name, are still apparent in the park. This area is a must see for all wildflower lovers in the spring. The abundant vegetation present in the conservation area provides a rich habitat for a diversity of wildlife.
Usery Mountain Regional ParkUsery Mountain Park is part of the Maricopa County Regional Parks System. Located on the Valley's east side, this park takes in 3,648 acres set at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. The park contains a large variety of plants and animals that call the lower Sonoran Desert home. Along the most popular feature of the park, the Wind Cave Trail, water seeps from the roof of the alcove to support hanging gardens of Rock Daisy. The Wind Cave is formed at the boundary between the volcanic tuff and granite on Pass Mountain. Breathtaking views from this 2,840-foot elevation are offered to all visitors.
Maricopa TrailThe Maricopa Trail is a 315 mile trail system that loops around Maricopa County and connects ten Maricopa County regional parks. Development of the trail system, involving a multitude of municipal, state and federal agencies, started in 2004 and was completed in late 2018.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkBoyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, towering trees, captivating cacti, sheer mountain cliffs, a streamside forest, panoramic vistas, many natural habitats with varied wildlife, a desert lake, a hidden canyon, specialty gardens and more. Also visit the Boyce Thompson Arboretum's Facebook page.
Picacho Peak State ParkVisitors traveling along I-10 in southern Arizona can't miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park. Enjoy the view as you hike the trails that wind up the peak and, often in the spring, overlook a sea of wildflowers. The park and surrounding area are known for its unique geological significance, outstanding and varied desert growth, and historical importance. The unique shape has been used as a landmark by travelers since prehistoric times. One of the first recordings was in the 1700s by the Anza Expedition as it passed through the area.
Southwest Desert FloraSouthwest Desert Flora is an on-line guide for those curious about wildflowers and natural vegetation in the southwest, primarily Arizona. This site includes photographs and detailed descriptions of beautiful and sometimes rare plants that have adapted to and thrive under harsh conditions typical of North America deserts and transition areas.
Southwest Environmental NetworkThis project provides access to natural history collections records from many herbaria in the southwestern US and northern Mexico. Tools for checklist generation, dynamic keys, and distribution mapping are built to utilize the records. An image library and natural language species descriptions provide species profile pages.
Yavapai County Native & Naturalized PlantsThis site was developed by a team of Yavapai County Master Gardeners to provide information to aid in plant identification and for selecting native plants for their habitats.
Reptiles and Amphibians of ArizonaThis site is an online field guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Arizona. It contains photographs and detailed information about the reptiles and amphibians of Arizona.
Butterflies and Moths of North AmericaThis site contains a searchable database of verified butterfly and moth records in the United States and Mexico. It includes dynamic distribution maps, photographs, species accounts, and species checklists for each county in the U.S.
Bug GuideThis page will help in the identification of insects, spiders and their kin for the United States and Canada with images and other information.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Digital LibraryThe Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Digital Library includes a catalog of images, narrative, and scientific nomenclature of plants, animals, minerals, and biotic communities of the Sonoran Desert region.
ArizonensisThis web site is a focus for the study and appreciation of Arizona Natural History. Topics include: Plants, Animals, Fungi, Geology, Insects.
Arizona Wild FlowersGeorge DeLange presents what he has learned about flowering plants in Arizona as a Beekeeper and Life Science Instructor. George hopes that these pages might be of interest to anyone who wants to learn about the beautiful wildflowers and plants of Arizona.
Arizona Mushroom GuideArizona Mushroom Guide contains identification, biological, and photographic information on mushrooms and fungi of Arizona.
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