The Santa Rita mountains are one of the "sky islands" (Sky islands are mountains in ranges isolated by valleys in which other ecosystems are located. As a result, the mountain ecosystems are isolated from each other, and species can develop in parallel, as on island groups such as the Galápagos Islands) in the Tucson area, located 40 miles south of the city. You litterally go from desert to pine forest in a matter of 10 miles. This was an area that caught my eye on the drive into Madera Canyon, and after a note on a trail sign (it said an aggressive mama bear and her cub had been spotted twice within the last week along the narrow trail I was on) 6500 feet up in the mountains turned me around, I decided to race down to the bottom and catch sunset. I'm definately happy with my choice! At 9,453 feet, Mount Wrightson (on the right side of the frame) is the highest point in the Tucson area.
Santa Rita mountains Green Valley, Arizona.