Taking its name from one of the longest living trees in the Arizona desert, the 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument is a true Sonoran Desert showcase. Keeping company with the ironwood trees are mesquite, palo verde, creosote, and saguaro, blanketing the monument floor beneath rugged mountain ranges named Silver Bell, Waterman and Sawtooth. In between, desert valleys lay quietly to complete the setting. Elevations here range from 1,800 to more than 4,200 feet. Three areas within the monument, the Los Robles Archeological District, the Mission of Santa Ana del Chiquiburitac and the Cocoraque Butte Archeological District, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The things you run across on Silverbell road are amazing to say the least. If you travel far enough along Silverbell road you will find and native american graves along side the road. The area is protected by the Bureau of Land Management and all efforts should be taken to respect and preserve its history and those that have passed on. Little, if any, is spoken of this area and if you don't just happen to come across it you'll never know it's there. Also to be found is the long forgotten town of Sasco and the Rockland Hotel. Come one, come all for a bumpy ride and a view for all.