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Pusch Ridge towers over Tucson and the surrounding desert as one of the most prominent features of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

 

With its lower slopes dotted with cactus and its upper reaches dark with pines, this unmistakable landmark makes the point in no uncertain terms that this is a land of extremes–in biodiversity as well as topography. Within the 56,933-acre Wilderness, elevations range from 2,800 to 8,800 feet. Deep canyons separated by razorback ridges crease the slopes; rocky bluffs and pinnacles define the horizon. From the floor of Sabino Canyon to the upper slopes of Mt. Lemmon, life zones vary from Sonoran desert to subalpine forest.

 

The wildlife community that inhabits such a varied setting is diverse as well. Black bears and coatimundis, Steller's Jay and Cactus Wrens, saguaro cactus and Douglas fir can all be found here as components of a natural diversity that has few rivals. An extensive trail network offers opportunities for day and extended trips into this fascinating area.

 

While its convenient location makes Pusch Ridge Wilderness easily accessible to a growing number of nature lovers, it also means the solitude and primitive surroundings many come to experience are becoming more difficult to find. When you visit this natural wonder, come ready to experience all of its contrasts, even this latter one. Come prepared to take special care of this irreplaceable resource. You’ll be glad you did.

Dogs and other pets are not allowed within the Pusch Ridge Wilderness due to a closure to protect Desert Big Horn Sheep. 

The Pusch Ridge Wilderness Sheep Closer Area includes Ventana Canyon Trailhead, Finger Rock Trailhead, Pima Canyon Trailhead, Linda Vista Trailhead, and portions of Romero, including Romero Pools, and Sutherland Trails accessed at Catalina State Park.