Santa Teresa Mountains
High Point: Mount Turnbull, 8,282 feet
Elevation Change from Base: 4,466 feet
Vegetation at Highest Elevations: Douglas-fir–mixed conifer forests and pine forests
The Santa Teresa Mountains are a small rugged range with very limited road access. The northern half of the range and the highest peak, Mount Turnbull, are on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. The highest peak in the southern part of the range is Cottonwood Mountain at 7,420 feet. A stand of Douglas-fir grows on the sheltered north slope of this mountain and ponderosa pine occupies some of the higher ridges. Otherwise, most of the higher elevation vegetation is open evergreen oak woodlands and shrub thickets.
- Santa Teresa Wilderness: This wilderness of 26,780 acres features deep canyons, rocky outcrops and bald summits. It is remote and little visited. Many of the trails are only routes kept open by cowboys driving their livestock. The remoteness of this mountain range makes it good habitat for animals like black bear and mountain lion that need large undisturbed areas.
- Penstemon discolor
- Polemonium pauciflorum ssp. hinckleyi