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Puerto Blanco Scenic Drive

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Address: Ajo, AZ
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Scenic 52-mile drive through the Sonoran Desert that passes close to...

Scenic 52-mile drive through the Sonoran Desert that passes close to historic sites, old mines and tree-lined oasis.

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A wonderful view

This is a great little scenic drive. Be sure to pick up the self-guided map. It was great to be able to pick up the different points along the way. It is a dirt road but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Lynn B
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Needham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This is a great little scenic drive. Be sure to pick up the self-guided map. It was great to be able to pick up the different points along the way. It is a dirt road but well-maintained.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Bring water and your lunch and set out for an adventure. The road is really really rough if you do the entire loop. But it's enjoyable. We saw a rattle snake and a lot of cacti. It was very interesting to see how the differing elevations affects the landscape. Worth the long drive.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We last took this very scenic drive 13 years ago, then the National Park Service closed it for "safety" reasons. It is an absolutely beautiful, half day drive around a small part of Organ Pipe Cactur National Monument. When we last did it one could do it in a moderately stout SUV, and some did it in regular sedans. Then... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Puerto Blanco Scenic Drive is part of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It is a 52 mile loop that starts at mile marker 75 on SR-85, goes through the desert / mountains, and then comes back out at mile marker 79 on SR-85 (about 1 mile north of the US/Mexico border). Due to illegal immigration and smuggling, most of... More 

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4 Thank JTTurner3
Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Mountains, desert, incredible wildflowers, canyons, many amazing varieties of cactus including the namesake Organ Pipe. One of the most beautiful and varied deserts I've ever seen

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The drive is okay but because the road is closed at the end you cannot to the loop back to the visitor center and have to return the way you came.

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Valley Springs, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

The curator at the Ajo museum was friendly and knowledgeable. The scenic drive and view of the copper mine were an adventure while hiking and looking for glistening ore or gemstones as the evening sun shone across the land.

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