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Ragged Top
Ragged Top and saguaro forest, Ironwood Forest National Monument.jpg
Northeast aspect
Highest point
Elevation 3,907 ft (1,191 m)
Prominence 1,347 ft (411 m)
Isolation 2.40 mi (3.86 km)
Parent peak Silver Bell Benchmark
Geography
Location Ironwood Forest National Monument
Pima County, Arizona, U.S.
Parent range Silver Bell Mountains
Topo map USGS Silver Bell East
Geology
Age of rock Cretaceous to Tertiary
Mountain type volcanic plug
Type of rock Rhyolite
Climbing
Easiest route class 3 scrambling

Ragged Top is a 3,907-foot-elevation (1,191 m) mountain summit located within Ironwood Forest National Monument, in Pima County of southern Arizona. It is situated 35 miles northwest of Tucson, in the Silver Bell Mountains, where it rises over 1,700 feet (520 m) above the surrounding terrain as a landmark of the area. Ragged Top is the biological and geological crown jewel of the monument for sightseeing and wildlife viewing, such as the Desert bighorn sheep and the desert tortoise. Ragged Top contains the greatest richness of species within the Sonoran Desert, including 401 plant species. Cathestecum erectum (common name false grama) is only found on Ragged Top in the state of Arizona. Saguaro and ironwood forests cover the bajadas surrounding this mountain. This geographical feature lies within the Gila River drainage basin. Four small arches are located on this mountain.

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Climate

According to the Köppen climate classification system, Ragged Top is located in a hot arid climate zone.

Climate data for Silver Bell Mountains
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 63
(17.2)
66
(18.9)
71
(21.7)
79
(26.1)
88
(31.1)
98
(36.7)
98
(36.7)
96
(35.6)
93
(33.9)
84
(28.9)
72
(22.2)
62
(16.7)
81
(27.2)
Average low °F (°C) 43
(6.1)
46
(7.8)
49
(9.4)
55
(12.8)
63
(17.2)
72
(22.2)
74
(23.3)
72
(22.2)
70
(21.1)
61
(16.1)
51
(10.6)
43
(6.1)
58
(14.4)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.9
(23)
0.9
(23)
0.8
(20)
0.2
(5)
0.2
(5)
0.3
(8)
2.5
(64)
2.5
(64)
1.3
(33)
1
(25)
0.8
(20)
1.3
(33)
12.8
(325)
Source: Weatherbase
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