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Address: Ajo, AZ
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Scenic 52-mile drive through the Sonoran Desert that passes close to...

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 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. Hard to find (I didn't see a sign) and only 4 camping spots (1st come). Nice road... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
Arthur P
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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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 the hills. A serious cactus forest, typical of the saguaro population in the whole park.... More 

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2 Thank Arthur P
Wilmington
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 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.

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Thank Sharon C
Tappahannock, Virginia
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716 reviews
298 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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 loop which I logged at around 45 miles and that included one 1h30m hike to... More 

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1 Thank northernneckinn
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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377 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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.

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Needham
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

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Thank Lynn B
Rochester, New York
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107 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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 elevations affects the landscape. Worth the long drive.

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1 Thank CeeGee48
Portland, Oregon
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192 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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 do it in a moderately stout SUV, and some did it in regular sedans. Then... More 

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5 Thank William W
Phoenix, Arizona
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1,121 reviews
746 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 577 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 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 1 mile north of the US/Mexico border). Due to illegal immigration and smuggling, most of... More 

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5 Thank JT_Turner3
Sedona, Arizona
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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

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New York City, New York
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164 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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.

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