Explore the Cienega Watershed
The Cienega Watershed is the basin bounded by the Whetstone Mountains to the east, the Santa Rita Mountains to the west, the Canelo Hills to the south, and the Rincon Mountains to the north. Water drains from these mountains toward the Cienega Creek valley. The upper elevations of the watershed include oak and ponderosa pine forests managed by the Coronado National Forest, while lower elevations are comprised of magnificent saguaros, desert scrub, rolling grasslands, oak-studded hills, and the lush riparian ribbon along the Cienega Creek. The Cienega Watershed is predominantly Federal and State Trust lands with private lands scattered throughout.
Visit our LIBRARY to view our photo gallery of wildlife scenes and spectacular landscapes. Learn about our watershed through maps and biodiversity databases. Download species checklists for your next visit to the area. Check the CALENDAR to find out how you can volunteer for field work or scientific monitoring. Track the status of issues that are ON THE RADAR.
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