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Geography in the Douglas Basin

The Douglas Basin is a medium-size, 949 square mile basin located in the southern portion of the planning area.  Geographic features and principal communities are shown on Figure 3.5-1.   The basin is characterized by a large valley, the Sulphur Springs Valley, running north-south down the center of the basin.  Vegetation is primarily semi-desert grassland with smaller areas of Chihuahuan desertscrub. (see Figure 3.0-9)   Riparian vegetation includes cottonwood/willow along Leslie Creek.

Principal geographic features shown on Figure 3.5-1 are:

  • Whitewater Draw running north-south down the center of the basin to Douglas

  • Mule Mountains along the southwestern basin boundary near Bisbee

  • Perilla Mountains east of Douglas and the Swisshelm Mountains east of Elfrida

  • The southern end of the Dragoon Mountains are northwest of Elfrida, which include the highest point in the basin at 6,986 feet

  • The lowest point in the basin at 4,100 feet in the Sulphur Springs Valley located near Pirtleville

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Geographic Features

 

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Old town Bisbee Alfalfa field outside Elfrida