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Category: Historic, Kids & Family, Sports & Recreation

Hike the Monument, 2018!!

Saturday, November 10 2018

Ironwood Forest

Location: Marana Regional Airport
Time: 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM
11700 W Avra Valley Rd
Marana, Arizona

Again this year we invite you to join us for Hike the Monument (HTM), on Saturday, November 10th. The hikes are lead by experienced leaders who are familiar with the terrain and many aspects of the Monument's natural history.

There are three hikes of varying levels to choose from. A perennial favorite is the Nature Hike, which happens to be the easiest walk, mostly because of the amount and range of educational discussion that takes place.

You can choose from the following activities to explore and experience first-hand the wonders found in the Ironwood Forest National Monument:

Cocoraque Butte Archaeological District - moderate terrain, petroglyphs lead by an archaeologist. 
Waterman Mountain, Elephant Trees Botanical Hike - moderate / steep hike along the south face with rare and endangered plants. 
Nature Hike, Sonoran Desert Botany, Geology and History - easy terrain, family oriented, EDUCATIONAL walk with four EXPERT

To sign up for a hike – send an email message to or leave a message at 520-628-2092, this is an unattended number, be sure to leave a message, we WILL get back to you!

The number of participants for Cocoraque Butte and the Waterman Elephant Tree Hikes are limited, sign up early!

Please specify which hike you would like to sign up for, the number of folks with you, and whether or not you have a high-clearance vehicle and are willing to drive to the hike starting point.

All hikes will meet up at the Marana Airport on Avra Valley Road between 7:30 and 8:00 am on Saturday, November 10th. We expect to be done hiking no later than 2 pm and to return to the airport by 3 pm. The Marana Airport is located 5 miles West of I-10 and Avra Valley Road, exit 242.

Please remember to dress in layers, appropriate for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, water, snacks, lunch, and your camera. There are no restrooms or other facilities within the Monument. Some roads are not maintained.

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