Only in Ajo will you find a place where the stark contrast of what once was collides so beautifully with what could be. In a town originally established solely to support the operations of the New Cornelia Mine - where segregation of the native Tohono O’odham, Mexican and Anglo workers was a daily reality - remnants of old buildings, divided communities and the whisper of resilience still stand. Ajo is a community where you immediately feel a sense of warmth, authenticity and peace; surrounded on all sides by thousands of acres of the Sonoran Desert, enveloped by endless stars in the nighttime sky.
Ajo is a community rich in resources, culture and creativity. In a climate where you would expect only cactus to thrive, indigenous crops have sprouted a flourishing sustainable agriculture movement. Old buildings of the past now dance under the vivid colors of stunning murals that encompass the convergence of Ajo’s ethnic diversity. The fully rehabilitated Curley School Artisan Apartments house artists from all over the world. The Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center blends heritage and spirit in a beautiful space for retreats, weddings or as the launchpad for a desert expedition. At the center of it all sits the historic Ajo Plaza: an expanse of lush green lawn, surrounded by Spanish Colonial Revival storefronts, and arched walkways covered by one continuous terra cotta roof. The Plaza serves as a gathering place for the community; where morning walks, coffee breaks, festivals and events bring cultures, families, friends and visitors together to enjoy and respect differences and similarities.
Ajo is a place where transformation happens. From dilapidated buildings to art, from desert dust to thriving crops, and from segregation to collaboration, Ajo continues to evolve. Only in Ajo will you find a community that embodies new life, growth, strength and peace with a humility and authenticity that honors the origins from which it arose.