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QueenButterfly_512x219Welcome to Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge!

Visitor Center 

The refuge’s visitor center is located in Ajo, Arizona. It is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. Here, refuge staff and volunteers are available to provide you with maps, brochures and checklists and let you know what's happening on the refuge. This is also where the business of the refuge is conducted.

Enjoying the Refuge:
The refuge offers wildlife-related activities, including wildlife watching and photography, limited hunting, and primitive camping. Learn more at the Special Events page and Events Calendar.

Protecting the Fawns:
To protect the fawns of Sonoran pronghorn, much of the refuge is closed every year during fawning season -- mid-March to mid-July. Check here to find the portions of the refuge open during this time.

Come Prepared:
Remember that when you visit the refuge you are in a desert environment, as well as along an international border. Come prepared and be sure to take certain precautions.

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge’s office and visitor center are in Ajo, Arizona.

  • From Phoenix: Take I-10 west to exit 112. Follow Highway 85 south to Gila Bend and continue south on 85 approximately 40 miles to Ajo. 
  • From Tucson: Take Highway 86 (Ajo Way) west across the Tohono O'odham reservation to the town of Why and follow Highway 85 north to Ajo. 
  • From Yuma: Take I-8 east to Gila Bend and follow Highway 85 south approximately 40 miles to Ajo. 

The refuge office is on the west side of Highway 85 at the north end of town.

The lat/long to the refuge’s visitor center is 32.385579, -112.872383.

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Last Updated: Jul 12, 2013
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