VIP9 Many many mountains

In every direction from Kitt Peak lie many mountain ranges, with the ones farthest to the south residing in State of Sonora, Mexico. Standing at any telescope on the east side of Kitt Peak, you can see the Coyote Mountains to the east, distinctly rugged, edged by faults. Beyond the Coyote Mountains to the east is Altar Valley and the Sierrita Mountains (northeast of Three Points), another granite-cored range being buried, slowly over time, by its own rocky debris. Beyond the Sierrita Mountains, even farther to the

Beyond the Coyote Mountains to the east are the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and the Sierrita Mountains, and beyond them, the Santa Rita Mountains, part of the Coronado National Forest. The tallest peak, Mt. Wrightson, is within Congressionally designated wilderness. Telescopes of the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory reside on the second highest high peak in the photo, Mt. Hopkins. Photo by GBA.

east is a larger range, the rugged Santa Rita Mountains whose distinctive humps include the tall peaks of Mt. Wrightson (9453 feet elevation) and Mt. Hopkins, the location of the Smithsonian's Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory. To the south of the Santa Rita Mountains are the Patagonia Mountains. The farthest range seen to the southeast are the Huachuca Mountains. Looking northeast from the Coyote Mountains to the horizon is the broad profile of the Rincon Mountains, home to the east unit of Saguaro National Park, and even farther to the north lie the Santa Catalina Mountains which form the northern border of Tucson.

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