Don't know why the international Sonoran desert region holds such fascination for me, but it does...
Snakes, petroglyphs, alien encounters, coyotes (4-legged kind), ranch ruins, crested saguaros, fawning pronghorn antelope, desert bighorn sheep, tracking down the elusive Ajo Lily - what's not to like?
Started the day before dawn's first light and headed down to the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters & Visitor Center in Ajo to obtain the requisite training and permits. I knew my 2WD F-150 is only allowed on Charlie Bell Road (a 17 mile back country trek to Charlie Bell Pass at eastern lip of Growler Valley) and the first 17 miles of El Camino del Diablo to Bates Well and Grey Ranch ruins.
Although we didn't travel any of the historic Spanish 130 mile route from Sonoyta Mexico to Yuma Arizona, I understand the section traveled represented a gold rush connector road still used today by 4WD trekkers to join El Camino del Diablo near the western boarder of Organ Pipe NM and Cabeza Prieta NWR.
This only served to whet my appetite and need to come back soon with 4WD group! Also had a back-up plan to visit the Crater Range and the reported petroglyph clusters, but you can only cram so much into a day...
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