Doug and Melanie at Ajo, AZ

From Shelly: Tracy and I camped near Ajo last year, but Doug’s written a more thorough description here plus taken gorgeous photos. Just fyi: my posts are about finding our boondocking site here and the beauty of Ajo here.

We recently boondocked near Ajo, Arizona, just north of the Organ Pipe National Monument, in the Sonoran Desert.  The Sonoran is the harshest desert in North America and has no natural water sources. 

The terrain is flat and ringed by mountains. 

Other than the hill behind our campsite, everything is flat until you reach the mountains 15 miles to the southwest or 25 miles south.  They appear to be just a few miles away; everything in these big open areas is much farther away than it appears.

On our way to the campsite, we passed a region with fog.  We saw the fog only from a distance, but it is unusual to have 100% humidity in the desert!

The area is very beautiful, especially in the golden hour before dawn and after sunset. 

The skies and clouds are beautiful at any time of the day. 

The colors of the plants get much greener after a rain and then change again during sunset. 

The cacti in the area consist mainly of saguaro, organ pipe and chain fruit chola. 

The balance of the plant life consists of creosote bush, mesquite trees and moss. 

Moss?  It rained just prior to our arrival, and moss had popped up along the edges of the ravines. 

Life in the desert is so strange, amazing and beautiful.

We wish everyone a happy holiday season.  Stay safe, stay warm

Doug and Melanie

Doug and Melanie are avid explorers and hikers. They travel with their Kimberly Kamper, and their home base is Ohio. (For more posts by these authors, click on their names, above.)