Bates Mountains

Ajo, Arizona 85321

Bates Mountains

Bates Mountains Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A wilderness route through a rift valley in the remote Bates Mountains, 4.6 miles one way. Note: At the time of printing (2013), this trail was closed. Please stop at the visitor center for
current conditions.

This unmarked route follows an ancient migration corridor of the Hohokam people. 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."

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Trail Information

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510 feet
Elevation Gain
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Best October to April
USGS Bates Well, Kino Peak; Trails Illustrated Organ Pipe Cactus
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