Desert Invasion - U.S.

Coronado National Forest

Coronodo National Forest
      (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)
The mountainous regions of Coronado National Forest are notably different from the desert conditions of the lower Arizona flatlands. The Forest is cooler and much like the Rocky Mountains. Water, wildlife, and flora are much more abundant. Contained within the Forest are twelve "sky islands" offering spectacular views.
From the U.S. Forest Service page: The Coronado National Forest covers 1,780,000 acres of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Elevations range from 3000 feet to 10,720 feet in twelve widely scattered mountain ranges or "sky islands" that rise dramatically from the desert floor, supporting plant communities as biologically diverse as those encountered on a trip from Mexico to Canada.
Views are spectacular from these mountains, and visitors may experience all four seasons during a single day's journey, spending the morning wandering among giant saguaros and colorful wildflowers, having a picnic lunch under the brilliant golden leaves of a cottonwood tree, and playing in the snow later in the afternoon.
Coronado National Forest, 300 W. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701,
Additional information
GORP - Coronado National Forest
GORP - border areas describes biological diversity of desert regions
Pictures from The Sierra Club has joined with other conservation groups in a effort to designate portions of eight mountain ranges in Arizona's Coronado National Forest as biodiversity conservation areas. These and other efforts will continue until the region is once again hospitable to the endangered desert tortoise and Sonoran pronghorn, and until the long-exiled grizzly and Mexican gray wolf are finally welcomed home.