Regional Attractions

Hickiwan Trails RV Park is a perfect base camp for exploring the Sonoran Desert regions of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico.

Organ Pipe Cactus near Hickiwan Trails RV ParkOrgan Pipe Cactus National Monument was designated in 1937 to protect the Sonoran Desert’s endemic cactus Stenocereus thurberi, which is near the northern limit of its range here. The northern boundary of the Monument is only 4 miles from Why, and the Kris Eggle Visitor Center is 24 miles from Hickiwan Trails RV Park (directions via Google Maps here).  Along with its biodiversity, the Monument is known for its outstanding physical geography including sandstone cliffs along the Ajo Mountain Drive (note: let’s add a link to a photo here).

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NASA photo of New Cornelia Mine

New Cornelia Mine (NASA)

Ajo was the site of the first copper mine in Arizona, and the New Cornelia open pit copper mine measures over a mile wide and a thousand feet deep.  View the mine from the lookout on Indian Village road south of Ajo. The Visitor Center is open October-May.  To learn more about the history of the Ajo region, check out the Ajo Historical Society Museum, at the south end of Sahuaro Street which is a little ways up the road from the mine lookout.

The Ajo Chamber of Commerce has additional information about area attractions, including Ajo’s 9-hole community golf course.

Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association logoThe Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is home to a wide range of endemic and rare desert plants and animals.  The website for the Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association provides a lot of information about various aspects of the Sonoran Desert.

Kitt Peak (Wikipedia photo)Kitt Peak National Observatory “supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun.” Their Visitor Center is open daily, and they offer a nightly observing program. The Observatory is about a 90-mile drive east of Hickiwan Trails RV Park (directions via Google Maps here).

Cerro Colorado, El PinacateA short drive south of the Mexico-U.S. border is El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar, a Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It features many excellent examples of geologically-recent basaltic volcanism (read more about the geology of the area with pictures and maps at Dan Lynch’s website).  Click the picture at left for a panorama view of Cerro Colorado.

The attractions listed on this page are all suitable for day trips from the Hickiwan Trails RV Park.  All of these trips are suitable for passenger cars.   The Why-Ajo region also features a wide assortment of unpaved and unimproved roads and trails.  Stop by our office to ask us about 4WD and ATV trip possibilities.