Way More than
Meets the Eye
Think the desert is uninhabitable? The scarcity of water and blazing sun can be deceiving. In fact, the Sonoran Desert is a rich ecosystem alive with more than 300 bird species, 100 reptile and amphibian species, 1,000 bee species, and more than 2,000 plant species! And Colossal Cave Mountain Park is where you can discover many of them.
That majestic icon of the old west, the saguaro cactus, is everywhere but while you’re traversing the canyons, washes and bajadas you could encounter many other residents of the Park. Watch for owls, hawks, shrikes and other birds of prey. Sharp eyes may also spot scorpions, snakes, tarantulas, tortoises, Gila monsters, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, coatis and many others.