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Coronado National Forest Visitor Guides

The 1.78 million-acre Coronado National Forest spreads across twelve widely scattered mountain ranges or "sky islands" that rise dramatically from the desert floor in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Sky Islands support an astonishing diversity of plant communities such as those one would encounter on a trip from Mexico to Canada. The Coronado is divided into five noncontiguous ranger districts each of which consists of several mountain ranges. Elevations range from 3,000 feet to 10,720 feet. The plant and wildlife communities of the Sky Islands are particularly susceptible to the effects of global warming: hotter, drier conditions drive animals—even plants—to seek cooler refuges, which in the Sky Islands means moving up a mountain. But as warming continues, even the tops of the Sky Islands will become too warm for many species.

As the project progresses, many local artists will participate as revolving artists within the BLM Ranger Station, so that visitors to the area can enjoy art while gaining knowledge about the importance of resources of this unique area of the New Mexico Landscape.

Through this project, an artist will be selected to install a sculpture in the parking lot of the newly remodeled El Malpais Ranger Station. This sculpture will celebrate the land and people’s connection to it. We are also reaching out to local communities, tribes and pueblos and inviting them to submit smaller art pieces to be displayed in the area.

The El Malpais Community Art Project seeks to strengthen relationships with the land and the surrounding communities.

It is our intention that visitors to the area will enjoy meaningful art while gaining important knowledge about land stewardship, land conservation, history, and culture.