Santa Rita Mountains Tucson AZ

 Majestic Santa Rita Mountains Southeast Of Tucson

One Of The 5  Mountain Ranges In Tucson

Santa Rita MountainsThe Santa Rita Mountains are 40 miles southeast of Tucson. The Santa Rita Mountains are 26 miles long. The range runs from north to south/southeast. At their southern end they combine with the Patagonia Mountains.

The peak of the Santa Rita Mountain range is 9450 feet. Mount Wrightson is at the peak and is the highest point in the Tucson region.

Madera Canyon is located in the Santa Rita Mountains. Madera Canyon, one of the world’s great bird watching areas. There are also a wide range of hiking trails through out the area.

The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory ( part of the Smithsonian Institution) can be found on nearby Mount Hopkins.

The Santa Rita Mountains are in the Coronado National Forest.

They were the primary component of Santa Rita National Forest. The Santa Rita National Forest became part of the Coronado National Forest 1908.

Rugged Terrain

This Wilderness area has rough hillsides, massive canyons, and lofty ridge lines. Peaks are surrounded on nearly all sides with dry hills and gradual grasslands. Ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir dominate the upper elevations.

The stream-fed canyons support an amazing amount of plant and wildlife. Mexican plants that grow nowhere else north of the border are in this area.

At the foot of Madera Canyon along the edge of the Wilderness is a recreation area. It serves as a popular gateway for backpackers.

A wildfire during the summer of 2005 caused substantial damage to the vegetation. Current conditions can be obtained from the local Forest Service office.

A substantial copper deposit was located on the north flank of the Santa Rita range.  This large copper deposit is near the old Helvetia mine and named the Rosemont mine.

The Rosemont mine would be an open pit operation. It will be located about two miles to the west of Arizona State Route 83.

Some other mountain ranges surrounding the Tucson valley include the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Rincon Mountains, the Tucson Mountains, and the Tortolita Mountains.

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