Friday, January 05, 2007

Southern Arizona Mountain Ranges

The names roll off the tongue like clattering rocks on a sun-blistered trail: Tumacacori, Atascosa, Baboquivari, Tortolita. But there are endless pine-forests to match the slag-heaps: Galiuro, Pinaleno, Catalina, Chiricahua, Huachuca. The rock-ribs show through in all of them, whether haloed by the waxy pine-needle or the nectared cactus-needle .

The Peloncillo mountains are north of the Chiricahua and I-10 on the Arizona/NM border. Heading west the Pinaleno then the Galiuro then the Catalinas and then the Tucson valley and the Tucson mountains. The Tortolitas are the ironwood-fringed hills due north of Tucson between the I-10 and the 77. Heading east from Tucson past the Rincons on the left and the Santa Ritas on the right, then the Dragoons, Huachucas, and back again to the Chiricahua. If, instead of I-10, you take the 19 south the Santa Ritas will be on your left and the Tumacacori then the Atascosa then the Pajarito on your right. If you leave Tucson heading west on the 86 the Tucson mountains are to the right and then you pass the Baboquivari mountains and Kitt Peak on the left before Organ Pipe.

Organizations that do conservation work in the basin and range area of southern Arizona, where the islands are all in the sky.

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