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Quitobaquito Spring

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Address: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo, AZ

An oasis in the dry part of the Sonoran Desert that is a promising spot for...

An oasis in the dry part of the Sonoran Desert that is a promising spot for viewing plants, birds and animals.

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Quitobaquito is an oasis on the Mexican border

This is certainly worth going to once, but maybe not twice unless it's been 30 years, as was the case for me. It really is a beautiful desert oasis. Most interesting is that it... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2016
Anchorage, Alaska
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

I seldom give ho-hum reviews of natural areas but I have to say Quitobaquito Spring was a bit of a disappointment. I drove the Puerto Blanco Drive (which I really enjoyed) and took the slight detour to see the spring. It's basically a pond in the desert. Maybe if I were a birder I would have experienced its charms a... More 

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Ancaster, Canada
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

This is a large lake in the middle of a desert like area, very interesting. Lots of wildlife in the area, including some pup fish that are found only here..

Thank Martha O
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

fantastic place to visit....only one other person was there he had named one of his dogs in honor of a Beach near us in NC Kure over dirt roads & well worth the trip....loved this place

1 Thank Sharon C
West Lafayette, Indiana
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54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

After driving for nearly an hour through the hot desert, Quitobaquito was a pleasant and welcome surprise. We enjoyed sitting by the water, watching the coots dive and the turtles paddling about. We followed the entry stream for a while and marveled at the number of mud puppies. We saw the Doyle grave but never found the ruins that had... More 

Thank JFE65
Tappahannock, Virginia
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716 reviews
298 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Long trek via Blanco loop does not exactly reward you for the effort to get to the Quitobaquito pond. There is some evident wildlife, a few duck like birds resident in the pond and a few turtles in the shallows. Overall a little underwhelming! It is remarkable to have a body of water in the desert and that's certainly attractive... More 

Thank northernneckinn
Sandston, Virginia
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

We decided to make the long trek ( 45 mins one way) from the visitor center, mostly on the good gravel road, to experience the border and to check out this oasis in the desert. Unfortunately few birds, but we did get to spot the pup fish and enjoyed seeing the springs. Little signage, so talk to the rangers before... More 

Thank Swampgal123
New Jersey
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

Tough location to get to! And - chances are - the journey will likely make you a bit apprehensive. You have to drive a few miles basically very close to the border and parallel to it. There are Boarder Patrol vehicles. The water pond is unassuming and plain in appearance at least in November but it is a treasure basin... More 

Thank podrozniczka60
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

"Well, I applaud you both for coming to this remote and dangerous place! " was the cheery comment we got from the border patrol guy when we found him checking our car on our return from the spring! We went to the spring on our visit from the UK, 12 miles along the border edge to see this area. We... More 

1 Thank Kevin R
Anchorage, Alaska
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179 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 7 April 2016

This is certainly worth going to once, but maybe not twice unless it's been 30 years, as was the case for me. It really is a beautiful desert oasis. Most interesting is that it is right on the Mexican border. I mean right on. The parking lots includes the border fence and the truck traffic on Mexican highway 2 is... More 

2 Thank AK_Steve_AK
Pueblo West, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

Great Oasis in the desert, birders delight in the spring time, endangered turtles, historical grave site and three springs. all within a short walking distance of your car.

1 Thank JayZ63

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