This region comprises four mountain ranges north and west of Nogales, Arizona. These ranges are the Santa Rita (O’odham: To:wa Kuswo Doʼag), Tumacacori, Pajarito, and San Luis Mountains. Included in this area are Mount Hopkins, Mount Wrightson, and Madera Canyon, all located in the Santa Ritas. In the early 20th century this area included two national forests which were absorbed into Coronado: Santa Rita National Forest and Tumacacori National Forest.
This region boasts the highest point in southern Arizona – Mount Wrightson – at 9,453 feet (2,881 m), along with the only known sighting of the jaguar named “El Jefe” in the Santa Ritas in 2011. The jaguar is one of four cats (los cuatros gatos) found in a corridor of ranges consisting of the Tumacacori, Pajarito, and San Luis Mountains (among other ranges), together dubbed the Tumacacori Highlands. In general, the Nogales Ranger District is well known for its biological diversity, given its relative proximity to the Mexican Sierra Madre Occidental, compared to the other four ranger districts in the Coronado National Forest. Birdwatching, hiking, camping, horse-riding, and other similar activities are popular in part because of this.
Latitude: 31.6959 Longitude: -110.8481
Counties: Pima, Santa Cruz
Arizona madrone (Arbutus arizonica)
Arizona sycamore (Platanus wrightii)
Elegant trogon (Trogon elegans)
Jaguar (Panthera onci)
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
Highest Point: Mount Wrightson: 9,453 ft (2,881 m)
Lowest Point: Nogales Road: 3,400 ft (1,036 m)