This national monument in southern Arizona is a fantasy world of extraordinary rock sculptures created by the forces of nature over millions of years. Visitors can experience these hoodoos and other geologic wonders, enjoy mountain views, and see some of the rich animal and plant diversity in the park by exploring the eight-mile paved scenic drive and 17 miles of hiking trails, among other attractions.
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Land Based Sonoran Desert Mystique The Sonoran Desert holds mesmerizing contrasts—driven by the most interesting paradox of all: The Sonoran is our hottest North American desert, while it is also our wettest. Light but consistent rains in winter and spring foster more diversity than in perhaps any other desert in the world, from cactus to cottonwoods to cougars.