Saguaro Central: Catalina State Park, AZ, Part 2

Catalina, one of the many gems in the Arizona State Park system, offers beautiful vistas of the Sonoran Desert and the Santa Catalina Mountains with riparian canyons, lush washes, and dense cactus forests.   Catalina State Parkencompasses 5,493 acres and is located at the base of the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains at an elevation 2,650 […]

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Saguaro Central: Catalina State Park, AZ

One of southern Arizona’s numerous “sky islands”, the Santa Catalina Mountains dominate Tucson’s northern skyline. These sky islands are small mountain ranges that rise steeply from the desert floor and often feature a cool and relatively moist climate at their highest reaches. Their wooded slopes offer desert dwellers a respite from the summer heat. Conversely, […]

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Sonoran Pronghorns Make Comeback: Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, AZ

A capture-and-release program is part of an effort to help the endangered Sonoran pronghorns regain a foothold in the Sonoran Desert. Historically, Sonoran pronghorn traveled across vast expanses of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, California, and Sonora, Mexico. Currently it is confined to fragments of its former range, with only three small populations remaining—one in […]

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Prepare for Solitude: Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, AZ

Want to take advantage of your SUV or high-clearance two-wheel-drive vehicle? Then Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is the place for you! Boundless desert surrounds you in Cabeza Prieta, the third largest national wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states. Here, seven rugged mountain ranges cast shadows over barren valleys once swept by lava. Saguaros […]

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