About the Ironwood Forest National Monument

Stewarded by Friends of Ironwood Forest

An incredible landscape recognized for its rugged scenery, biological diversity and cultural legacy, Ironwood Forest National Monument is located 25 miles northwest of Tucson. These 129,000 acres contain several desert mountain ranges including the Silver Bell, Sawtooth, and Waterman ranges, and the iconic Ragged Top Mountain. The Monument contains a significant system of cultural and historic sites covering a 5,000-year period. It is also home to threatened and endangered species, including Nichols Turk’s head cactus, lesser long-nosed bat, and desert tortoise.

From the blog

  • 03.4.13

    Big Policy Win for National Conservation Lands

    You may have missed it in the news, but last week Friends of Ironwood Forest scored a major victory when the BLM announced it would ban recreational shooting in Ironwood Forest National Monument.  The decision was hailed as commonsense, laudable example of good management by the BLM.  Advocates in Tucson, Marana and … read more

  • 12.12.11

    Volunteers at Ironwood Forest face danger from recreational shooting

    The following is a report from a member of our Friends Group Network, Lasha Brown, Executive Director, Friends of Ironwood Forest. On Saturday, December 10th, a small, but dedicated group of volunteers joined together to pull buffelgrass at El Cerrito Represso in the southern portion of Ironwood Forest National Monument. … read more

  • 09.21.11

    Get outside and volunteer: National Public Lands Day is Sept 24

    This year, National Public Lands Day is September 24, 2011. While many supporters of the National Conservation Lands already volunteer throughout the year, this day provides a high profile opportunity to get others involved in conservation stewardship projects. More than 1,900 events are scheduled across the country, including several in the National … read more