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Quitobaquito Spring

#4 of 10 things to do in Ajo Features Animals
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo, AZ
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Not a must-see in my opinion

I seldom give ho-hum reviews of natural areas but I have to say Quitobaquito Spring was a bit of a... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2017

This is a large lake in the middle of a desert like area, very interesting. Lots of wildlife in... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Martha O
Ancaster, Canada
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An oasis in the dry part of the Sonoran Desert that is a promising spot for viewing plants, birds and animals.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good15%
  • Average23%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo, AZ
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

I seldom give ho-hum reviews of natural areas but I have to say Quitobaquito Spring was a bit of a disappointment. I drove the Puerto Blanco Drive (which I really enjoyed) and took the slight detour to see the spring. It's basically a pond in...More

Thank SonoraSteveTucson
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This is a large lake in the middle of a desert like area, very interesting. Lots of wildlife in the area, including some pup fish that are found only here..

Thank Martha O
Reviewed 5 March 2017

fantastic place to visit....only one other person was there he had named one of his dogs in honor of a Beach near us in NC Kure over dirt roads & well worth the trip....loved this place

1  Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 12 February 2017

After driving for nearly an hour through the hot desert, Quitobaquito was a pleasant and welcome surprise. We enjoyed sitting by the water, watching the coots dive and the turtles paddling about. We followed the entry stream for a while and marveled at the number...More

Thank JFE65
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Long trek via Blanco loop does not exactly reward you for the effort to get to the Quitobaquito pond. There is some evident wildlife, a few duck like birds resident in the pond and a few turtles in the shallows. Overall a little underwhelming! It...More

Thank northernneckinn
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We decided to make the long trek ( 45 mins one way) from the visitor center, mostly on the good gravel road, to experience the border and to check out this oasis in the desert. Unfortunately few birds, but we did get to spot the...More

Thank Swampgal123
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Tough location to get to! And - chances are - the journey will likely make you a bit apprehensive. You have to drive a few miles basically very close to the border and parallel to it. There are Boarder Patrol vehicles. The water pond is...More

Thank podrozniczka60
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

"Well, I applaud you both for coming to this remote and dangerous place! " was the cheery comment we got from the border patrol guy when we found him checking our car on our return from the spring! We went to the spring on our...More

1  Thank Kevin R
Reviewed 6 April 2016

This is certainly worth going to once, but maybe not twice unless it's been 30 years, as was the case for me. It really is a beautiful desert oasis. Most interesting is that it is right on the Mexican border. I mean right on. The...More

2  Thank AK_Steve_AK
Reviewed 31 March 2016

Great Oasis in the desert, birders delight in the spring time, endangered turtles, historical grave site and three springs. all within a short walking distance of your car.

1  Thank JayZ63
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