“Sky Islands” refer to isolated mountain peaks that are not part of a larger range like the Rockies or Sierra Nevada. These forested mountains rise up out of the Sonoran Desert floor. Floating peaks hopscotch across the US Southwest. The isolation of these mountain peaks creates unique natural habitats with vast biodiversity. Sky Islands consist of many ecosystems that transition rapidly as you climb the steep elevations.
This series highlights three Sky Island mountain ranges in southeastern Arizona:
The first installment of this series studied the Santa Catalina Mountains surrounding Tucson. The second post we discovered the Santa Rita Mountains , located halfway between Tucson and the Mexico border. In the third article, we are take a look at the Dragoon Mountains, made famous by the indefatigable Apache chief, Cochise.