ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT
Just 30 miles South of Ajo you can explore an abundance of plants and wildlife unique to the Sonoran Desert. The monument is famous for its concentration of the rare Organ Pipe Cactus. Guided walks through the park, as well as hiking trails, camping and picnic facilities, are available. Click here for more information.
CABEZA PRIETA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE & VISITOR CENTER
Learn about the Sonoran Desert through films, exhibits, interpretive talks, and more. Visit nearby public lands, including El Camino del Diablo, “The Devil’s Highway.” Click here for more information.
SONORAN DESERT NATIONAL MONUMENT
Encompassing nearly a half million acres of Sonoran Desert landscape the Monument offers wilderness experiences, camping, hiking, hunting and back-country travel. Click here for more information.
The Crater Range looms just minutes north of Ajo on AZ-85. This is the perfect spot for capturing scenic natural formations, cactus forests or a bevy of well preserved petro glyphs
Just 40 minutes from Ajo, this bustling south-of-the-border town offers great food, shopping and crafts.
PUERTO PENASCO/ROCKY POINT, MEXICO
Two hours south on the Sea of Cortez in Sonora, Mexico, this beach city is a place to sun, shop, fish and relax. Click here for more information.
TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION
The Tohono O’odham Nation encompasses nearly three-million acres of wild and beautiful desert southeast of Ajo. The area is home to skilled artisans famous for their native basketry. A day trip to the Cultural Center and Museum in Topawa and with a stopover at the Desert Rain Café in Sells is well worth the trek. Click here for more information.
Peer through massive telescopes and explore astronomy programs and Native American exhibits at this mountaintop observatory. Daily telescope tours are offered, or make a reservation with their visitor center to catch unparalleled views of the night sky at their nightly observing program. Click here for more information.