The monument contains magnificent examples of untrammeled Sonoran Desert landscape. The Sonoran Desert is the most biologically diverse of the North American deserts, and the monument captures a significant portion of that diversity. The most striking aspect of the plant community within the monument is the extensive saguaro cactus forest. The monument contains three distinct mountain ranges, the Maricopa, Sand Tank and Table Top Mountains, as well as the Booth and White Hills, all separated by wide valleys. The monument also contains three Congressionally designated wilderness areas and many significant archaeological and historic sites, and remnants of several important historic trails.
This area provides numerous opportunities to learn about prehistoric and historic sites. Additional activities include wildlife viewing, camping, hiking, hunting and back-country vehicle travel. Off highway vehicle use is prohibited. No motorized and mechanized use of vehicles and equipment is allowed in wilderness.
Information regarding how to get to the beautiful Sonoran Desert National Monument, how to stay safe while visiting and how to make sure you're doing your part in protecting the lands you're visiting while you're here.Learn More
The nearly 500,000-acre Sonoran Desert National Monument is open to many outdoor recreational opportunities. Horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, and site seeing are just a few activities you can enjoy.Learn More