Ironwood Forest National Monument Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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The stunning scenery, wildlife values, and archaeological interest in the Ironwood Forest National Monument make this primitive recreation area a terrific cool-weather hike with your dog. You will need to pack in water, as washes tend to be dry except immediately after rains; pack out all waste. And be especially alert on warm days—four types of rattlesnakes call this pristine desert upland home. Review snakebite first-aid procedures and keep hands, paws, and noses away from rock overhangs and any other places where vision is restricted. Because this is a desert bighorn sheep management area, leashes are required in the monument; once your dog is watered and leashed, you are ready to go.

Ironwood Forest National Monument Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The stunning scenery, wildlife values, and archaeological interest in the Ironwood Forest National Monument make this primitive recreation area a terrific cool-weather hike with your dog. You will need to pack in water, as washes tend to be dry except immediately after rains; pack out all waste. And be especially alert on warm days—four types of rattlesnakes call this pristine desert upland home.

Review snakebite first-aid procedures and keep hands, paws, and noses away from rock overhangs and any other places where vision is restricted. Because this is a desert bighorn sheep management area, leashes are required in the monument; once your dog is watered and leashed, you are ready to go."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 60 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best October through May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,300 feet
Top Elevation: 2,348 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Tucson Field Office
Local Maps: Silverbell East USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Ironwood Forest National Monument Trail

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May 2018