The Sonoran Desert is the most biodiverse of the four deserts of North America. This is on full display in the Great Bend of the Gila.

This landscape is home to diverse plant and animal species, including iconic species such as Saguaro, Cholla, Ocotillo, various cacti, Gila Monster, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Bobcat, Ringtail Cat, Javelina, Fox, Desert Tortoise, Rattlesnakes, and Chuckwalla.

The region is also home to a number of threatened and endangered species, including the Lesser Long Nosed Bat, Desert Bighorn Sheep, the Acuna Cactus, and the Sonoran Pronghorn Antelope.