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Santa Rita Mountains Photography Gallery

Arizona Trail in Grasses
Whetstone Mountains and Foothills
High Desert Grassland Mountains
Whetstone Mountains Beyond Forest
Mount Wrightston and Surrounding Forests
Rugged Peaks of the Santa Ritas
Mount Wrightston and Surrounding Forests
Mount Wrightston and Surrounding Forests
Ponderosa Pine and Mount Wrightson
Mount Wrightston and Surrounding Forests
Hiking Trail in High Desert Forest
Hiking Trail in High Desert Forest
Oak and Juniper Forest
Mount Wrightson and Pine Trees
Expansive View from Santa Rita Mountains
High Desert Grassland Vegetation
Sunrise on Mount Wrightston
Mount Wrightson Above Desert Forest
Sunrise on Mount Wrightston
Mount Wrightson Glowing Above Forest
Manzanita Bush Along Dirt Road
Dawn in the Santa Rita Mountains
Rocky Road in Santa Rita Mountains
Venus in Moonlit Night Sky
Arizona Trail Below Mount Wrightson
Mount Wrightson Above Foothills
Mount Wrightson Above Foothills
Backlit Hills and Trees
Flying Turkey Vulture
Oak Trees in Dry Creek Bed
Mount Wrightson Above Foothills
Mount Wrightson Above Foothills
Mount Wrightson Above Small Hills
Mount Wrightson Above Foothills
Mount Wrightson Above Foothills
Mount Wrightson Above Foothills
Santa Rita Mountain Foothills
Dirt Road Below Sky Island
Mount Wrightson Above Foothills
Exposed Layers of Sandstone
Leafing Mesquite Trees in Grasslands
Mount Wrightson Above Desert Grasslands
Canelo Hills Above Rolling Desert
Trail Creek Crossing
Creek Reflection
Night Sky Through Forest
Night Sky Through Forest
Mount Wrightson and Forest

Santa Rita Mountains Information

The official guidebook for the Arizona Trail warns, "Never underestimate the Santa Rita Mountains." They can be both wildly pleasant, and brutally challenging, and sometimes at the same time. Surrounded by wild grassland deserts, the sky island of the Santa Ritas is home to a rich biodiversity that extends from low-lying cactus deserts to its north, to high alpine and ponderosa pine forests at its center. The Arizona Trail passes along the east side of the mountains, stretching from Patagonia, Arizona to the south, all the way to I-10 in the flattening foothills to the north. Its descent travels along Gardner Creek, a popular area for many forms of outdoor recreation.

55 total photos in this gallery

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