Natural Resources

burrowing owlsThe Natural Resource Division of NRPR manages over 250,000 acres of open spaces within Pima County. Pima County's natural resource parks offer many exciting opportunities to hike, camp and explore our unique Sonoran Desert environment. Thanks to voters, conservation efforts have protected some of the best of Pima County's natural areas for everyone to enjoy.

Agua Caliente Park
Catalina Regional Park
Cienega Creek Natural Preserve
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Feliz Paseos Park
Historic Canoa Ranch
Sweetwater Preserve
Tucson Mountain Park
Parks and Amenities Interactive Map

Sonoran DesertAccess and Closure Maps

The Pima County ranch properties and other open space lands are intermixed with or surrounded by Arizona State Trust lands, federal public lands and/or private lands. The lands are managed by the respective owners and Pima County respects their rules and regulations. In most cases, Pima County only has grazing leases over the non-county state or federal lands within an identified ranch boundary.

The rules and regulations of the actual agency land owner always take precedent on their lands. As a visitor to any of the properties, it is YOUR responsibility to know the land status at any point within the ranch boundary and the applicable rules and regulations for those lands near or within a Pima County ranch boundary. Access to Pima County lands on roads across another agency's lands within a ranch is not always guaranteed to the public. Always follow posted regulations and road closure notices.

grasslandThe Use Activities identified in the table below are ONLY for the lands owned by Pima County within a ranch or open space property.

Additional Information

mountainsManagement Plans

Over the past several years, the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR) management team has been working on a variety of strategies to enhance ongoing conservation management efforts on the growing land base identified under the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan.

In an effort to establish a set of Standards and Guidelines for NRPRs grazing program, the county has consulted with many individuals, other land management agencies and University range program staff. The result of that effort has been the development of the documents linked below.
mule deerHunting in all Pima County parks is closed unless specifically opened in the Arizona Game and Fish regulations. Hunters should check the current Arizona Game and Fish regulations for designated open parks to hunting by name and species. Over 90% of the county conservation open space lands are open to some types of regulated hunting recreation.

Tucson Mountain Park has archery hunting, with a special Game and Fish permit required, but portions of the park are closed and it is the responsibility of the hunter to know the closure areas. Hunters must never drive on private roads or cross private property to access the open portions of the open parks unless they have permission from landowner. Hunters must stay more than ¼ mile distance from any developed park area or adjacent residence. Within Tucson Mountain Park along Kinney Road and Gates Pass Road there is a posted no shoulder road system, so there is no parking along the roadway outside of the paved turnouts or paved overlooks. Maps for Tucson Mountain Park are posted in the park and are on this website.

Hunting in other Pima County Parks in the Tucson Mountains such as Sweetwater Preserve, Feliz Paseos, Painted Hills, Mary Henderson, and Robles Pass is closed at all times as well as the discharge of firearms and archery equipment.

TMP Hunt Map

TMP Hunt Registration

FAQs about Hunting in TMP

Tucson Mountain Park Trails Map
Invasive species threaten native plant and wildlife populations in the Sonoran Desert. Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) and fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum) crowd out native plants and can fuel devastating fires in an ecosystem that is not fire adapted. Without your help, saguaros and other signature plants and animals of the Sonoran desert are in jeopardy of being lost from this landscape.

The Sonoran Desert Weedwackers are an all-volunteer group dedicated to manually removing infestations of buffelgrass, fountain grass, and other invasive species found along roadways, ridge tops, and washes.

Learn more about the Sonoran Desert Weedwackers and about Buffelgrass

Sonoran Desert Weedwackers Brochure
Buffelgrass Informational Pocket Guide
Buffelgrass Brochure en Español
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