Protected Places: Coronado National Forest, Arizona

The Coronado National Forest is comprised of nearly two million acres in six counties in Arizona and New Mexico and has several mountain ranges including the Santa Catalina Mountains, Rincon Mountains. The forest has eight wilderness areas, canyons and desert landscape. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, hunting, camping and backpacking. Nearby is Saguaro National Park and the city of Tucson.

For the Love of Geography: Hot Dry Forests

Dry, warm forests include savannah, chaparral and desert. Dry forests have a combination of grasslands, shrubs and small trees.

  • Savannah is a warm dry forest characterized by grasses, palm, pine, and acacia. 

Big Cypress National Preserve


  • Chaparral forests (Mediterranean) have significant numbers of trees but with grassland mixed in. It is often referred to as scrub. 

Crystal Grove State Park, California


  • Deserts receive so little rainfall that only xerophytic (water retaining) plants. These plants and trees include the dragon tree, Joshua tree, aloe and yucca.          

Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Other posts in this series on Forests: Temperate Forests, Coniferous Forests, Deciduous Forests, Cold Dry Forests, Hot Dry Forests