Natural Resources Monitoring at Coronado National Memorial
The Sonoran Desert Network monitors air quality, climate, groundwater, invasive exotic plants, landbirds, springs, seeps, and tinajas, and vegetation and soils at Coronado National Memorial. The results of this work can be found in a variety of publications and other information. The network also maintains species lists for the park.
Coronado National Memorial, in southeast Arizona, commemorates and interprets the significance of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado's expedition. The location was chosen for the panoramic views of the US–Mexico border and the San Pedro River Valley. This is believed to have been Coronado's route.
The park lies near the center of the Apache Highlands ecoregion and preserves a rich biological and geological diversity. The park occurs within four biomes: semi-desert grassland, Madrean evergreen woodland/interior chaparral, and temperate forest. Average annual precipitation is 20.8 inches (528 mm).
Size: 1,923 hectares
Elevation range: 1,433–2,347 meters
Last updated: November 30, 2018