About Ironwood Forest National Monument

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.