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Geography of the Bonita Creek Basin

The Bonita Creek Basin is a relatively small, 457 square mile basin in the northeast portion of the planning area.  Geographic features and principal communities are shown on Figure 3.2-1.  The basin is characterized by medium-high elevation plains and mountain ranges.  Vegetation is primarily Plains and Great Basin grassland with smaller areas of Great Basin conifer forest, madrean evergreen woodland, semi-desert grassland and Arizona uplands Sonoran desertscrub (see Figure 3.0-9).  Riparian vegetation includes mixed broadleaf, strand and mesquite on Bonita Creek.

Principal geographic features shown on Figure 3.2-1 are:

  • Ash Flat, a medium-high elevation plain north of Arsenic Tubs

  • Bonita Creek, which runs north-south through Bonita Camp

  • South Fork Ash Creek west of Arsenic Tubs and Park Creek, a tributary to Bonita Creek

  • The Gila Mountains along the southern basin boundary

  • Nantac Rim along the northern boundary, with the highest point in the basin at 7,292 feet.

  • The lowest point in the basin at 3,800 feet where Bonita Creek exits the basin

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