Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

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Sonoran Desert National Monument is south of Goodyear and Buckeye and east of Gila Bend, Arizona. Created by Presidential proclamation on January 17, 2001, the 496,400acres monument is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as part of the National Landscape Conservation System. The BLM already managed the lands, however under monument status, the level of protection and preservation of resources is enhanced. Sonoran Desert National Monument protects but a small portion of the Sonoran Desert, which is 120,000 square miles (311,000 km2), and extends well into California and the country of Mexico. The North Maricopa Mountains, South Maricopa Mountains and the Table Top Wildernesses protect the richest regions of desert habitat from development.ProclamationThe Sonoran Desert National Monument is unique among monuments in that its establishing Proclamation specifically mentioned the impacts of livestock grazing on Monument "objects." The Proclamation mandated the closure of all grazing allotments south of Interstate 8 at the expiration of their permits. The BLM was charged with determining compatibility of livestock grazing and resource protection for the grazing allotments north of the Interstate, which it has thus far not completed.
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  • Travelling through to the Grand canyon. Views are out of this world. Very hot, not somewhere to be solo.  more »
  • Take just about any exit while driving through the desert and you'll get a much cleaner, natural, and rewarding view. You can also find places to pull over on the side roads to look closely at the bea...  more »
  • I grew up near Buckeye so I am obviously partial to this area, but it truly is beautiful. Open landscapes make for amazing photography during the monsoon and rainy season. Bring lots of water and be p...  more »
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  • The only part of this that I know we've been to is the big convenience store that is on Butterfield Trail right off Interstate 8 in Gila Bend. We've been to this place five or six times. It's a great place to stop especially with kids. Our kids love the big metal dinosaurs outside and the little tractors there. They check them out every time we stop. The convenience store is really big and has a lot of stuff inside. And there's a lot of interesting things outside that are for sale. The bathrooms are outside of the convenience store but are kind of like I guess truck stop bathrooms. They're huge. They even have showers there! Oh, and they have gas as well.
  • Spectacular. The colors are amazing between the flora and the mountains. Truly beautiful. Seems like major swaths of land and everything in between is for sale. Good thing these lands were set aside as a National Monument.
  • Beautiful desert! My husband and I enjoyed hiking along the trail and taking in all the beauty of the desert. We were there in the middle of February, which was wonderful because it wasn't hot at all.
  • Very peaceful and calming. Its definitely a great place to clear your mind and focus on your thoughts...or just wander around and pay them no mind. Planning ahead is wise since its a desert and hydration and sun protection is important, but a great place to just explore on a whim. Cactus! 🌵🌵🌵
  • It's a nice town home resort with great security and swimming pool and jacuzzi. It's right next to a more condominium rental type resort. It's across the street from Max's which is great for breakfast and lunch and brunch. It's close enough to Wrecked at the Reef and Bandito's to drive or taxi, and down the street from a coffee and crepes place.
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