The Ironwood Forest - Things to Do Near Tucson

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Real Estate Agent with Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ BR564219000
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Ever feel like just taking a drive or doing a little country exploration?

Here's a great one - travel west to The Ironwood Forest - Things to Do Near Tucson

Ironwood Forest from Marana

I took a little drive out west last week for a bit of R and R - and the Ironwood Forest - National Monument is a great place to get away from it all!

Ironwood Forest

You can follow Silverbell out to find it - perhaps your most direct route would be to take the Marana Road Exit going north out of Tucson on I-10.  Then, head west.  The road west is called Marana Road, or Trico Marana Road, and it eventually intersects with Silverbell.  (It takes about 20 minutes)

heading West on Silverbell Road

All in all, from the Circle K to pavement end, it was just under 16 miles west.  After that, the road gets progressively worse, and isn't the best for a luxury vehicle such as I drove my first time through, coming out near Picacho Peak.

Ironwood Forest

This time I had pity on my car, and just went a mile or so beyond the concrete.

Ironwood Forest

The mountains help you keep your bearing.  You can drive and drive and think you've left civilization behind, but then you get a little surprise.

School Bus Stop in Ironwood Forest

But don't ask the cactus for directions!!  They can be a little overwhelming!

Giant Sahuaros

Some are quite indecisive --

Giant Sahuaros

Others get all up in arms

Giant Sahuaros

Others give you NOT such a nice suggestion

Giant Sahuaros

And still others get positively prickly!

prickly cactus in Ironwood Forest

Some are no help at all!

Giant Sahuaros

So take my advice, and stick to yourself, and just watch out for...

Open Range

And in the summer, these...

rattlesnake

It's a beautiful drive to The Ironwood Forest - National Monument.  A couple of rejuvenating hours in the outskirts of Tucson, AZ.

Ironwood Forest

With a lovely view of Marana and Tucson behind:

View of Marana from Ironwood Forest

 

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Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Long Realty,

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Rainmaker
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Jim Frimmer
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I love your comments accompanying the saguaro cactus pictures.

Jan 24, 2011 12:15 PM #1
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Juli Vosmik
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Great pix, Cara.  I'm hoping to take a couple of these side trips one day soon.  I'm thinking Jerome, although I heard that winding road is on the sides of the mountains.  Okay, so, I'll guess I'll be thinking of other places, LOL.

Jan 24, 2011 02:46 PM #2
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Thank you Jim, for taking the time to read the comments!  I wish I'd have gotten the photo of the cactus pointing with "arms" crossed in opposite directions, for it was what inspired me to write the post after I was coming back down from the hills.

Juli - Jerome is wonderful - if you are not afraid of narrow highways and steep slopes!  Apache Trail going Northeast out of the Phoenix area is another one of mine.  15% grade!  Whoo hoo!

 

Jan 24, 2011 04:20 PM #3
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I so want to take a trip out to Tuscon next year. I think I will put it on my vision board...

Jan 24, 2011 08:23 PM #4
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Erby Crofutt
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A budding photo-journalist in the making.  Loved the commentary.

Jan 25, 2011 11:40 AM #5
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
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Michael - DO be sure to look me up if you come - I'm happy to share about my favorite spots!!!

Thanks Erby - I had a lot of fun thinking up stuff!

 

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