Additional History and Area Information:
Initially part of the Indian reservation, Camelback Mountain saw increased encroachment from private development until the 1960's. The Preservation of Camelback Mountain Foundation, led by Barry Goldwater, helped to ensure the areas protection in 1968. However much of the mountain was already surrounded by residential development, limiting the number of large mammals found in the park to this day. Smaller animals including cottontail rabbits, lizards, Harris antelope squirrels, a variety of birds, and of course snakes (including venomous rattlesnakes) are regularly encountered. Hike with caution and watch where you step!
Plant species present here are typical of those found in the lower Sonoran Desert and include saguaro, barrel, hedgehog, pincushion, jumping cholla, christmas, staghorn, cholla and prickly pear cacti. Tree species include palo verde, mesquite and ironwood, along with the ocotillo plant.