Within the borders of
Ironwood Forest National Monument, there are 474 species and subspecies of
plants. 8% of these plants do not exist in the nearest protected
desert areas, the Tucson Mountains, or Organ Pipe National Park.
Amongst the 177 vertebrate species and 821 invertebrates species of
wildlife are a variety of sensitive species. These include the
Desert Bighorn Sheep, Desert Tortoise, California Leaf-nosed Bat, Mexican
Long-tongued Bat, Lesser Long-nosed Bat, Western Red Bat, Merriam’s
Mesquite Mouse, Rufous-winged Sparrow, Tucson Shovel-nosed Snake, Ground
Snake, Pima Pineapple Cactus, Nichol’s Turk’s Head Cactus, and 3 species
of Talus Snail.
Read the Ironwood Fact Sheet by AZwild.org
Directions: The Ironwood Forest
National Monument is located 25 miles northwest of Tucson, and about one
hour by highway south of Phoenix. There are two main points of entry:
Interstate 10 at Avra Valley Road, and Interstate 10 from the Red Rock
exit, southwest on Sasco Road to Silverbell Road (map).