Red Tanks Tinaja

Ajo, Arizona

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A short day hike to a natural water pocket in the northern Puerto Blanco Mountains. This trail makes a nice day hike from the Puerto Blanco Road to a natural catch-basin that may contain water during the rainy season. This source of surface water is critical to desert wildlife, and hikers should tote their own water with them so that the tinaja does not become depleted. The trail begins as a narrow footpath, but soon merges with an old two-rut wagon trail. The wagon road runs southwest across desert flats studded with tall saguaros. Far to the east, the Ajo Range towers beyond the lesser crags of the Diablo Mountains. The cloud-rending spire of Pinkley Peak crowns conical hills to the north, while the crest of Twin Peaks rises above foothills to the south.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A short day hike to a natural water pocket in the northern Puerto Blanco Mountains. This trail makes a nice day hike from the Puerto Blanco Road to a natural catch-basin that may contain water during the rainy season. This source of surface water is critical to desert wildlife, and hikers should tote their own water with them so that the tinaja does not become depleted.

The trail begins as a narrow footpath, but soon merges with an old two-rut wagon trail. The wagon road runs southwest across desert flats studded with tall saguaros. Far to the east, the Ajo Range towers beyond the lesser crags of the Diablo Mountains. The cloud-rending spire of Pinkley Peak crowns conical hills to the north, while the crest of Twin Peaks rises above foothills to the south.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ajo
Distance: 1.6
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,850 feet
Top Elevation: 1,875 feet
Local Contacts: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Organ Pipe Cactus
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Tanks Tinaja

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May 2018