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“… the monument is two things: beautiful and vital.”
– Arizona Highways Magazine
About the Ironwood Forest National Monument
Taking its name from one of the longest living trees in the Sonoran Desert, the 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument safeguards an incredible landscape recognized for its rugged scenery and serving as a biological anchor point for conserving some of our rarest flora and fauna.
Among the dramatic mountain backdrops are the area’s last remaining population of Desert Bighorn Sheep. Mesquite, palo verde, creosote, and dense stands of Saguaro cacti blanket the valley floor beneath mountain ranges named Silver Bell, Waterman, Sawtooth, and the iconic Ragged Top Mountain.
For over 5,000 years, humans have inhabited the Monument and discovering these sites is possible for those willing to look closely. Three Archaeological Districts – Los Robles, the Mission of Santa Ana de Chiquiburitac, and Cocoraque Butte – are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
About the Friends of Ironwood Forest
The Friends of Ironwood Forest are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that work for the permanent protection of the biological, geological, archaeological, and historical resources and values for which the Ironwood Forest National Monument was established.
The Friends provide critical volunteer labor for projects on the Monument, working with the Bureau for Land Management and many other partners, and to increase community awareness through education, public outreach, and advocacy.