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Address: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo, AZ
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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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 April 2016
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Anchorage, Alaska
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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664 reviews
272 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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Sandston, Virginia
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19 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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New Jersey
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1,702 reviews
939 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 

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2 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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47 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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 

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Pueblo West, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 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.

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Tucson, Arizona
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

This little Pond was nice esp. after traveling all day thru the desert, but the road back to the visitor center is not scenic. If you have limited time don't include quitobaquito.

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Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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154 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

We couldn't believe how big the spring (pond) was after seeing no water over such vast stretches of desert. Saw plenty of birds here, ducks, mudhens, Coopers Hawks, and several more species. Loved getting the chance to see the unique Quitobaquito desert pupfish!

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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

The graded dirt road out to the Spring is not particularly scenic compared to the Ajo Scenic Drive loop but you do get a good look at the border fence and Mexico Hwy 2. When we arrived at the spring we met two birder/photographers who had been there for awhile and pointed out and identified the different birds that were... More 

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