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Very pretty at sunset, but Ajo Mountain Road is better

First, find Alamo Canyon Road and go there. For pictures at sunset it may be one of the best... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
Arthur P
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Paradise Valley, Arizona
scenes in AJO

took a drive & short hike/walk out to natural arch area Mostly unpaved but well maintained road... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Sharon C
,
Wilmington
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Scenic 52-mile drive through the Sonoran Desert that passes close to historic sites, old mines and tree-lined oasis.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“the loop” (5 reviews)
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Ajo, AZ
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

First, find Alamo Canyon Road and go there. For pictures at sunset it may be one of the best. Hard to find (I didn't see a sign) and only 4 camping spots (1st come). Nice road off to the east of the parking lot into...More

2  Thank Arthur P
Reviewed 6 March 2017

took a drive & short hike/walk out to natural arch area Mostly unpaved but well maintained road. Majical views of cacti & so many birds it was awesome Cactus wren & also some eagles. Too many to list.

Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Rather a rough dirt road that suffers badly in spots where the rocks triumph over the smooth dirt, additionally a lot of washboard areas which keeps your speed at around 15 mph or less. It took us best part of 6 hours to do the...More

1  Thank northernneckinn
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Well worth the time it takes to drive the loop. It's mostly gravel but easily made in a 2-wheel drive. There are a couple places to picnic and take hikes.

Thank dchemist
Reviewed 3 January 2016

This is a great little scenic drive. Be sure to pick up the self-guided map. It was great to be able to pick up the different points along the way. It is a dirt road but well-maintained.

Thank Lynn B
Reviewed 25 April 2015

Bring water and your lunch and set out for an adventure. The road is really really rough if you do the entire loop. But it's enjoyable. We saw a rattle snake and a lot of cacti. It was very interesting to see how the differing...More

1  Thank CeeGee48
Reviewed 26 January 2015

We last took this very scenic drive 13 years ago, then the National Park Service closed it for "safety" reasons. It is an absolutely beautiful, half day drive around a small part of Organ Pipe Cactur National Monument. When we last did it one could...More

5  Thank William W
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Puerto Blanco Scenic Drive is part of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It is a 52 mile loop that starts at mile marker 75 on SR-85, goes through the desert / mountains, and then comes back out at mile marker 79 on SR-85 (about...More

5  Thank JT_Turner3
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Mountains, desert, incredible wildflowers, canyons, many amazing varieties of cactus including the namesake Organ Pipe. One of the most beautiful and varied deserts I've ever seen

2  Thank OnTheRoadGuy
Reviewed 21 December 2012

The drive is okay but because the road is closed at the end you cannot to the loop back to the visitor center and have to return the way you came.

2  Thank TravellingNature
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