Ajo Mountain Drive

Lukeville, Arizona

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This graded gravel road is one of only two backcountry roads within Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It is a loop that travels through prolific and varied Sonoran desert vegetation before climbing around the face of the Diablo Mountains on the edge of the Ajo Range. The drive is a one-way loop that commences 1.9 miles from the start of the trail. Special Attractions: Parker Canyon Lake; Easy road linking Sonoita with Mexican Border Road. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any).
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This graded gravel road is one of only two backcountry roads within Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It is a loop that travels through prolific and varied Sonoran desert vegetation before climbing around the face of the Diablo Mountains on the edge of the Ajo Range.

The drive is a one-way loop that commences 1.9 miles from the start of the trail. Special Attractions: Parker Canyon Lake; Easy road linking Sonoita with Mexican Border Road. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any).

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Lukeville
Distance: 18.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best fall to spring
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 2,800 feet
Local Contacts: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Local Maps: USGS Lukeville, Diaz Peak, Mt. Ajo, Lukeville, Ajo; BLM Lukeville, Ajo
Driving Directions: Directions to Ajo Mountain Drive

Recent Trail Reviews

12/7/2007
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A fun, quick, and highly scenically rewarding drive that allows you to get up close to the dramatic red Ajo Mountains that define central/eastern part of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (the only part of the park currently open, due to U.S. Border Patrol activities). The road is twisty-turny in places as it climbs into the mountains, making for a fun and sometimes high-adrenaline drive. It is mostly unpaved, but well-graded. Several stunning overlooks and park-and-hike opportunities. Marker #13, about 9.5 miles into the drive, is the trailhead for the hike into Arches Canyon, but note that the fascinating geological feature of the spot's name - a 90-foot rock arch with a smaller arch atop it - can be seen from the road, and you can also get a closer look by hiking a short distance across the desert floor before the trail actually enters the canyon. The drive takes about an hour if you don't stop to hike or look around, but what fun is that? You could just as easily spend a whole day.



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