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Ironwood Forest National Monument - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Interstate 10, Tucson, AZ 85756, USA


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About Ironwood Forest National Monument

Ironwood Forest National Monument is located in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. A significant concentration of ironwood trees is found in the monument, along with two federally recognized endangered animal and plant species. More than 200 Hohokam and Paleo-Indian archaeological sites have been identified in the monument, dated between 600 and 1450.

Attractions Near Ironwood Forest National Monument

Picacho Peak
Picacho Peak22.24km from Ironwood Forest National Monument

Picacho Peak State Park is a state park surrounding Picacho Peak in Picacho, Arizona. The park is located between Casa Grande and Tucson near Interstate 10 in Pinal County. Its centerpiece spire is visible from downtown Tucson, a distance of 45 miles. The summit rises to 3,374 feet above mean sea level. Though appearing to be the remnant of a volcanic neck, it is now believed to be a tilted and eroded piece of rock overlain by a lava flow.

Tator Hills
Tator Hills22.47km from Ironwood Forest National Monument

Tator Hills is a peak in Arizona and has an elevation of 1873 feet. It is one of the iconic attraction for the trekkers and also there are so many things to see and do here.

Hunter Trail
Hunter Trail22.57km from Ironwood Forest National Monument

This is a steep and strenuous route that leads to the top of the dramatic and interesting landmark of Picacho Peak. The trail utilizes steel cables, handrails, and railroad-tie steps to assist hikers in reaching the top of the peak.Views at the summit are exceptional though and worth the effort to get there. The hike is very exposed and should not be attempted during extremely hot temperatures or during other extreme weather conditions.

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch
Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch23km from Ironwood Forest National Monument

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch is a three generation family owned and operated working ostrich ranch.Nowadays, however, there are lots of critters to feed! Joining the ostrich are Miniature Sicilian Donkeys, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Fallow Deer, Peking Ducks, “The Goat Penthouse” and the “Hole in the Wall Gang” featuring Boer Goats, and the all-time favorite Rainbow Lorikeets. There is something for everyone here and more fun than you can imagine.

Newman Peak
Newman Peak31.33km from Ironwood Forest National Monument

Newman Peak is the highest point of the Picacho Mountains, a compact range with impressive prominence located in the desert about 45 miles north of Tucson. despite its impressive profile and prominence, Newman Peak is difficult to access and very few people actually attempt its summit. It is one of the iconic attraction in this area and also an interesting trekking area too.

Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park32.75km from Ironwood Forest National Monument

Saguaro National Park is an American national park in Pima County, southeastern Arizona. Popular activities in the park include hiking on its 165 miles of trails and sightseeing along paved roads near its two visitor centers. Both districts allow bicycling and horseback riding on selected roads and trails. The Rincon Mountain District offers limited wilderness camping, but there is no overnight camping in the Tucson Mountain District.

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Pima County
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Pima county is a county in the south central region of the U.S. state of Arizona. The county is named after the Pima Native Americans who are indigenous to this area.