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Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge

#8 of 10 things to do in Ajo Features Animals
1611 North Second Street, Ajo, AZ 85321-1634
520-387-6483
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Charlie Bell Road Petroglyphs

The place to go if you have a high-clearance vehicle, are willing to hike a few miles, aren't... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2017
SonoraSteveTucson
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Tucson
Couldn't find much information so didn't go

We really were interested in seeing this refuge but the web pages didn't really make it attractive... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2017
Katharine G
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Buckhannon
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This wilderness area, formed from over 850,000 acres of Sonoran Desert, consists of several mountain ranges separated by broad valleys.
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1611 North Second Street, Ajo, AZ 85321-1634
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

The place to go if you have a high-clearance vehicle, are willing to hike a few miles, aren't intimidated by drug smugglers, border crossers and the Border Patrol...and you want to see literally thousands Archaic Period (8,000 BC - AD 50) petroglyphs. You must first...More

Thank SonoraSteveTucson
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We really were interested in seeing this refuge but the web pages didn't really make it attractive. There was mention of a couple of old roads one could walk on but no indication of where these roads were or whether there were any trails. So...More

Thank Katharine G
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Cabeza is located close to Mexican boarder on Yuma dessert. To truly explore it you have to have a reliable vehicle and lots of water. Because of the particulars of this location a lot of areas are off limits. The best it is to start...More

2  Thank podrozniczka60
Reviewed 25 May 2016

The ladies at the refuge were so helpful to us, we saw a animal in the wetlands in tucson we could`t identify, we saw it at a distance and after some research on their part we concluded we saw a Coati. These ladies showed us...More

1  Thank Mariagrey
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Stopped at the visitor center on a Wednesday right after they opened. The lights weren't even on yet but the lady let us in and turned on the exhibits so we could look. I have lived in Arizona all of my life and even learned...More

1  Thank Amanda A
Reviewed 15 May 2016

I did not go out into the actual Cabeza Prieta wilderness area, but I did spend some time at the visitor center in Ajo. The visitor center is very small, but free. There is a clean restroom there. When I tried to watch the video,...More

2  Thank Blaize S
Reviewed 18 March 2016

I didn't actually visit the refuge, but I did visit the visitor's center at the entrance to the refuge. Very nice, clean facility, small museum, clean bathrooms. On the advice of a local Ajo resident I watched the 30-min. intro video, very informative about the...More

Thank Tanya G
Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

Nice hike to a Mica mine. Beautiful surrounding and cactus. Be sure you take water and start early to avoid the heat. Go to the visitors center in town and watch the short video to get the info.Free permits. DO NOT disturb the environment, just...More

2  Thank Bill L
Reviewed 19 October 2014

I am from France and crossed Cabeza Preta NWR on a trip from Ajo to Yuma in 1998. It's a kind of mystic experience away from time and civilisation. A bit terrific also, as I was there... in july ! I was alone there, with...More

5  Thank jean B
Reviewed 7 July 2014

The Cabeza Prieta NWR (named for a mountain peak that has a dark section of rock at the top) is a HUGE refuge about 2.5 hours south of Phoenix or 2 hours east of Tucson. It consists of more than 800,000 acres of very remote...More

8  Thank JT_Turner3
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