About the Sonoran Desert National Monument

Stewarded by Friends of Sonoran Desert National Monument

The Sonoran Desert National Monument features 496,337 acres of Sonoran Desert landscape. The Sonoran Desert is the most biologically diverse of the North American deserts, and the monument exemplifies this desert setting. 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 is also home to three congressionally designated wilderness areas, many significant archaeological and historic sites, and remnants of several important historic trails.

From the blog

  • 03.8.13

    Kudos to Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument!

    Kudos to Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument (FSDNM) http://www.sonorandesertfriends.org on a productive weekend of hard work! Not many of us get involved in conservation in order to spend a sunny weekend inside a windowless meeting room. But the board and staff of the Friends of the Sonoran Desert … 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