The Santa Cruz AMA is 716 square miles in area. Geographic features and principal communities are shown on Figure 8.4-1. The AMA is characterized by mid to high elevation mountains surrounding the Santa Cruz River Valley. Vegetation types include southwestern grassland, madrean evergreen woodland and riparian species, principally found along the Santa Cruz River and Sonoita Creek (See Figure 8.0-10)
- Principal geographic features shown on Figure 8.4-1 are:
- The Santa Cruz River flowing north in the center of the AMA
- Sonoita Creek running from the eastern AMA boundary to its confluence with the Santa Cruz River near Rio Rico
- The Sierrita and Santa Rita Mountains on the northern AMA boundary, the San Cayetano and Santa Rita Mountains on the eastern boundary, and the Pajarito, Atascosa and Tumacacori Mountains on the western boundary.
- The lowest point in the AMA at 3,000 feet where the Santa Cruz River exits the AMA
- The highest point in the AMA at 9,453 feet at Mt. Wrightson in the Santa Rita Mountains
Figure 8.4-1 Santa Cruz AMA Geographic Features