Outdoor Sports & Recreation

Ajo has recently evolved into a haven for outdoor sports and recreation. With a limitless expanse of pristine Sonoran Desert on all sides, Ajo serves as a gateway for avid hikers, mountain bikers, bird watchers, environmentalists and star gazers. 


organ pipe national monument

The sights and sounds of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, an International Biosphere Reserve, reveal endless acres of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Twenty-six species of cactus have adapted to heat, exposure to the sun and low moisture levels  including the park’s namesake and the giant saguaro. Come to enjoy a scenic drive, developed trail rides, interactive ranger programs, wilderness hikes or a night of camping under the dark skies of the Sonoran Desert.


cabeza prieta national wildlife refuge

Originally established as a ‘game range’ for bighorn sheep, the landscape now functioning as a 860,000 acre wildlife refuge has provided protection for local wildlife since 1939. Today, Cabeza Prieta’s focus is on the protection of the endangered Sonoran pronghorn, bighorn sheep and long-nosed bat. Visitors will observe wildlife, photography opportunities, camping, and environmental education


mountain biking

Ajo is located at the heart of the Sonoran Desert and has miles of some of the best mountain biking trails in Southern Arizona. With trails for the gravel grinders along wide open, cross country spaces through the Sonoran Desert, Ajo truly provides some of the most expansive space to explore the world on two wheels. Visit the Ajo Chamber for trail maps



This Pima County run park is the perfect spot to stretch your legs, walk the dog or try to finally land that Fakie 720 Quadruple Kickflip in the skatepark. Amenities include a dog park, skate park, lighted baseball fields, basketball courts, shaded playground, exercise stations, ramadas with tables and grills, and a pool (open Memorial Day to Labor Day). 



The Ajo Scenic Loop is a 10.4 mile drive around the now-closed open pit mine through a strikingly beautiful section of pristine Sonoran Desert. Saguaro, organ pipe and a diversity of other species of cacti are abundant around the loop. In the early mornings and evenings you have a good chance to spot antelope, javelinas, coyotes, bobcats and a variety of bird species. Primitive camping and RV ‘boondocking’ allowed for up to 14 days on BLM managed land.



With more than 360 full-service hookups and seemingly endless primitive sites, the Ajo area is a mecca for big rigs, glampers, and 5th-wheeled wanderers alike. You can find everything from the La Siesta RV Resort with a pool, to a cleared patch of Sonoran Desert with a view, and everything in between.



This 9-hole course is truly an oasis in the desert. With tree lined fairways and its elevated, fast and small greens, strategic shots are a must here. With on-site restaurant and a nearby airstrip, this is a popular spot for recreational pilots too.



The Virgil Ellis Memorial Shooting Range is a 200 yard range with several shooting benches shaded by a ramada and restroom facilities onsite.  The range is free to use and is open year round from dawn to dusk.  There is also a proposed 5 lane, static archery range, with plans to expand to 10 lanes if usage calls for the extra space.  Plans are the in the works for several miles of desert bicycle trails as well, which will be built to suit all skill levels. Over 1.5 miles of trail have already been mapped, and more are being marked weekly.



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