The Sky Island region spans southern Arizona, southwest New Mexico, and northern Sonora. Six biotic influences converge on a range of 55 mountain ranges towering over desert and grasslands. This convergence creates an incredible diversity of habitat and a home for more than 7,000 species, including black bears, jaguars, more than half of the continent’s birds, and creatures found nowhere else on Earth.

Learn more about the Sky Islands below and the abundance of life this region supports.

Biotic influences map

  • The Sky Islands

    The Madrean Sky Islands have formed a biodiversity hotspot in northwestern Mexico and the American Southwest.

  • Coati


    Learn more about the region’s incredible diversity of fauna and what we’re doing to ensure their future.

  • Flora

    Explore the wildflowers, cacti and succulents, grasses and trees of the Sky Island region.

  • Water

    Learn more about this precious resource and the life it makes possible in this otherwise arid landscape.

  • Landscapes

    The brilliant sunsets and seasonal weather characteristic of this region only adds to the breathtaking experience.