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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge
Facts, History and Location

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Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Facts

  • 860,000 acres total
  • The third largest Refuge in the lower 48
  • 803,418 acres in designated Wilderness
  • 60 miles long by 36 miles wide
  • Highest elevation about 3300 ft.
  • Lowest elevation about 740 ft.
  • Number of confirmed plant species: 391
  • Number of animal species: over 300
  • Most of the vegetation type is classified as Colorado Subdivision ("Colorado Desert") of the Sonoran Desert
  • Designated as a Refuge in 1939
  • Mountain Ranges: Growler, Granite, Bryan, Mohawk, Agua Dulce, Sierra Pinta, Tule, Cabeza Prieta, Childs, Antelope Hills
  • Estimated annual rainfall ranges from 8 inches in the east to 2 or 3 inches in the west

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge History

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Location

 

 

 

 

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