AJO A HIDDEN GEM IN THE SONORAN DESERT
We have driven thru Ajo several times on our adventures, fueled up etc. but never spent any time actually exploring. This trip we had a few extra days to finally stop and see what Ajo is all about. In early history Ajo was a meeting place of several cultures, Native Americans, the Spanish and the Europeans all met here for trading. Later, Ajo opened up to ranching and mining. A 6.8 mile scenic drive of spectacular desert views, vegetation, cactus and wildlife. Also home for many opportunities for dispersed camping. A map and information can be obtained at the AJO Chamber of Commerce visitor’s center located in the historic AJO Plaza. While visiting the plaza be sure to stop by Oasis coffee for a delicious cup of coffee and pastries. A library is also located on the south side of the plaza. Oh and do not forget the farmers market every Saturday at 9 am, supposed to have the best burritos. There is an IGA Market and Ace hardware in the same building ,Gas and propane and a few restaurants with sporadic hours.
We camped about 4 miles from town on Darby Wells RD and found many spaces available. Some are secluded and some with great desert views which we opted for. The site was fairly serene and peaceful except for the occasional vehicles coming down the 30 mph road which the biggest speed violator was the border patrol. As with any visitation to the lower border areas use caution to strangers. We felt secure at our site with about 7 other campers nearby. We travelled down the scenic highway and ended up by the mine museum and some historic buildings. There is a lot of Spanish influenced architecture in AJO . Our friends from Quartzsite View/Navion Rally Marshall and Mel met up with us at our site and made our trip even more adventurous with our new friends to share it with. The people and merchants in AJO are very welcoming and friendly. A lot of snowbirds park here for the winter.
We will see you next at Organ Pipe National Monument. Happy Trails, Cheers from Jeff and Liz.