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Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Review

This 860,000-acre national wildlife refuge, about 5 miles (a 10-minute drive) from Ajo, was established in 1939 as a preserve for endangered bighorn sheep and other Sonoran Desert wildlife, including the long-nosed bat and the Sonoran pronghorn deer, the fastest mammal in North America. People come here for hiking, photography, and primitive desert camping. A free permit, essentially a "hold-harmless" agreement, is required to enter, and only those with four-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicles, or all-terrain vehicles—needed to traverse the rugged terrain—can obtain one from the refuge's visitor center, which is in Ajo, about a mile north of the downtown plaza.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1611 N. 2nd Ave., at North St., Ajo, AZ, 85321 | Map It
  • Phone: 520/387–6483
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Visitor center weekdays 8–4, refuge daily dawn–dusk
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  • Location: Ajo
Updated: 05-22-2014

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