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Coyote Mountains Wilderness
The Coyote Mountains Wilderness can be found southwest of Tucson in southern Arizona on approximately 5000 acres. This park is only a few miles east of Kitt Peak which has astronomical observatories at the top. The Wilderness is a detached mountain adjacent to the Baboquivari Mountains. and is the largest, and tallest section of the Coyote Mountains range. Topography includes sheer cliffs, open canyons and everything in between.
Plants here are mostly of the Sonoran Desert community in the lower areas: Paloverde, Giant Saguaro, oak woodlands as well as Mesquite, Ironwood, and Acacia.
In higher elevations, Silktassel, Mountain Mahogany, Buckthorn, Arizona white oak, Mexican pinyon, scrub oaks and Manzanita are present. The endangered plant Kearney’s Blue Star (Amsonia kearneyana) has been found here.
Interesting animals that you might find include Scaled Quail, Crested Caracara, Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle, and Javelina. There have been several jaguar sightings in the last 15 years in the Baboquivari Mountains. Scientists believe that they travel back and forth between Mexico and the U.S.