World of the Wash
Saguaro National Park
However, beneath the wash’s sandy surface, some moisture remains throughout the year. Non-succulent plants such as palo verde, ragweed, and ironwood thrive along the wash edges because of the underground water supply. Other small plants-ferns and mosses-cling to some shaded embankments.
Walk down the stairs to explore this desert wash. Look for tracks and other signs that deer, tortoises, pack rats, rabbits, lizards, and other animals travel along his sand-filled corridor.
(Inscription beside the photo on the right)
Rainfall running off a mountain slope (right) can quickly fill desert washes. Beware of desert thunderstorms: Flash floods can occur suddenly.
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
Location. 32° 15.258′ N, 111° 11.874′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is on N. Kinney Road. Touch for map. The marker is located at the visitor center garden in the Tucson Monument District. The garden is located on the left side of the visitor
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Desert Life (a few steps from this marker); Seed to Sentinel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tucson Plant Materials Center (approx. 11.4 miles away); Desert Laboratory (approx. 11.6 miles away); Mission San Xavier del Bac (approx. 15.1 miles away); a different marker also named Mission San Xavier del Bac (approx. 15.1 miles away); The Grotto at San Xavier del Bac (approx. 15.1 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 11, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.