Map and Directions

March 2021

We are excited to share our new map of the Monument!

One of the most common requests we receive is for a map that helps people understand the extent and location of Ironwood Forest National Monument. While many people want a trail map, unlike nearby national parks, there are no dedicated trails in Ironwood Forest. It is a “primitive” Monument that offers hundreds of thousands of acres for exploration. Here is the first edition of the digital version of the map. We are working on the information for the backside and once that is complete, we are planning on printing copies for distribution. If you have any comments or concerns about the map, please contact us, we’d love to hear from you [email protected].

click on map for full-size version

[Technical note: the map is georeferenced, which means, if you open it on an app on your phone that can apply your gps location to a map (such as Avenza Maps), you will be able to see your location on the map.]

 

 

There are a number of ways to access the IFNM:

Taking Avra Valley Road – Silverbell loop gives visitors a great introduction to the beauty of the monument.  Exit the I-10 Interstate at the Avra Valley Road exit and head West. Turn North on Pump Station Road, this road is a dirt road but for most of the year is easily traveled with any high clearance vehicle, at Silverbell Road turn back to the West. This route will lead you through the IFNM to a beautiful view of Ragged Top Mountain and around the back side of the Silver Bell Mountains. The loop rejoins Avra Valley Road and will take you right back out to Interstate 10.

From I-10, take Exit 236 (Marana), head West towards the Circle K, taking Marana Road heading west. This road turns into Trico-Marana Road. Continue heading West until reaching Silverbell Road. Turn right on Silverbell Road. This road leads to the Monument and to the most popular area – the base of Ragged Top Mountain. If you turn south at the junction with Sasco Road, you will go around the Silverbell Mountiains and the Silverbell Road will turn into Avra Valley Road.

Taking Sasco Road from the Red Rock exit off I-10, proceed west to the sign and turn left on to Silverbell Road. You can either follow Silverbell Road back to the freeway or take Pump Station to Avra Valley Road and return to the Interstate that way. The Santa Cruz River crossing at Sasco Road is often closed and travelers should check road conditions with the Bureau of Land Management when planning to use this road.

Be a responsible monument visitor

We need your help to ensure that the Ironwood Forest National Monument remains the stunning place it is today. Respect the land, wildlife and other visitors, tread lightly and leave no trace. If you see something that shouldn’t be happening, please let us know and report the incident to the BLM at 1-800-637-9152

To get to the group site:

  • Take exit 236 off I-10 Marana Road
  • Continue south, past the Circle K, to the new Marana roundabout
  • Head west on Marana Road, which becomes Trico-Marana Rd
  • Turn right on Silverbell Road – proceed 12.7 miles to the group site
  • The last five miles are graded dirt road, with some dips and washboards
  • Look for the group site on the left (south) side of Silverbell
  • Allow for a 45-minute drive after you exit I-10

Click here for a more detailed map to Ragged Top or the Waterman Restoration site.

Map of Ironwood Forest National Monument

During both winter and summer rains some of the roads become impassable. Always obey road closed signs on the monument. Cell coverage is very spotty on the IFNM and tow service is difficult to come by if you get stuck!