Bates Mountains

Ajo, Arizona

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A wilderness route through a rift valley in the remote Bates Mountains. This unmarked route follows an ancient migration corridor of the Hohokam Indians. These ancient people migrated hundreds of miles to reach the Sea of Cortez at the mouth of the Colorado River. They left fragments of seashells along their paths, leading archaeologists to identify the rift valley of the Bates Mountains as an important route for pre-Columbian trading. The route follows a natural trench that splits the Bates Mountains into two separate cordilleras. This wild and remote range looks much the same as it did when Europeans first laid eyes upon it, and showcases a classic Sonoran Desert ecosystem dominated by giant cacti.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A wilderness route through a rift valley in the remote Bates Mountains. This unmarked route follows an ancient migration corridor of the Hohokam Indians. These ancient people migrated hundreds of miles to reach the Sea of Cortez at the mouth of the Colorado River. They left fragments of seashells along their paths, leading archaeologists to identify the rift valley of the Bates Mountains as an important route for pre-Columbian trading.

The route follows a natural trench that splits the Bates Mountains into two separate cordilleras. This wild and remote range looks much the same as it did when Europeans first laid eyes upon it, and showcases a classic Sonoran Desert ecosystem dominated by giant cacti.

©  Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ajo
Distance: 9.2
Elevation Gain: 510 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,300 feet
Top Elevation: 1,810 feet
Local Contacts: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Local Maps: USGS Bates Well, Kino Peak; Trails Illustrated Organ Pipe Cactus
Topo Map: Bates Mountains Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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