Sweetwater Pass

Ajo, Arizona 85321

Sweetwater Pass

Sweetwater Pass Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A wilderness route to a low pass through the Ajo Mountains, 3.5 miles one way. Note: At the time of printing (2013), this trail was closed. Please stop at the visitor center for current conditions.

This route crosses the broad basin that separates Diaz Spire from the northern marches of the Ajo Mountains. Sweetwater Pass was once an important route for Tohono O’odham Indians, who used it to travel west into the Valley of the Ajo to gather the fruits of the organ pipe cactus. Long before their time, bands of Archaic peoples hunted and gathered in the basin to the west of the pass. Keep an eye out for signs of ancient Indian culture."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best October to April
USGS Diaz Peak; Trails Illustrated Organ Pipe Cactus
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