Arizona Rural Development Council Launches Ajo Community Profile

If you know, then you know - and if you don’t, you’re about to be let in on one of Arizona’s best kept secrets. Forty miles from the Mexico border, in a town you may have previously stopped for Mexican insurance, rests a small community that once explored, will be visited again and again. The Arizona Rural Development Council and the Ajo, Arizona community have come together to build a community profile that highlights the multitude of assets hidden in this remarkable town.

Arts & Culture

Ajo’s tri-cultural heritage has supplied endless inspiration to artists from around the world. With wonderful displays of public art, community art and an overall atmosphere of creativity, the Ajo community has become a melting pot for arts and culture.

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

Organ Pipe National Monument

Food & Drink

Ajo is a great place to grab a hearty meal. With restaurateurs that are dedicated to providing a memorable dining experience, you can be assured that Ajo’s food selection will not disappoint. From gourmet burgers to authentic Mexican food, Ajo offers a multitude of options to feed your appetite.

History, Heritage & Tradition

Ajo sits at a tri-national intersection of peoples and cultures, where influences from the indigenous Tohono O’odham Nation, the Mexican state of Sonora and the Southwest borderlands of the United States are all readily apparent. And although mining is deeply rooted in the history and architecture of Ajo, the town continues to evolve into a community that is carving out its own identity while still respecting the traditions of its past.


If you get the opportunity to attend a festival or events in Ajo, be prepared for an experience of the senses. The community truly comes together to host some of the most diverse, educational and inspirational events in the state.

Historic Ajo Plaza & Shops

Historic Ajo Plaza & Shops

Entrepreneurial Opportunities

If you are an entrepreneur that is willing to accept a little risk with significant rewards, Ajo provides a multitude of unique opportunities to stake your claim in the business community. The Historic Ajo Plaza sits ready and waiting with open spaces available and many services missing but needed for both locals and travelers to and from surrounding parks and Mexico.

Ajo truly is one of Arizona’s most beautiful secrets and has something for everyone, but don’t take our word for it! Explore their new community profile, and then explore this amazing community for yourself. We guarantee your first visit won’t be your last!