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Quitobaquito Spring, Ajo

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Quitobaquito Springs are springs in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Pima County, Arizona. The name is of Tohono O'odham origin meaning 'house ring spring'. The area has been populated for at least 16,000 years. It lies at an elevation of 1,152 feet (351 m), west of the south end of the Quitobaquito Hills, along the border of the United States with Mexico. The only US populations of the endangered Quitobaquito pupfish, the Sonoyta mud turtle, the desert caper, and the Howarth's white butterfly are found here. The Quitabaquito tryonia is an endemic resident of the springs.
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  • So much history here. Took a ranger led talk/hike of the area. Pup fish, mud turtles, cattle history, native american history. Lots to enjoy. 
    So much history here. Took a ranger led talk/hike of the area. Pup fish, mud turtles, cattle history, native american history. Lots to enjoy.  more »
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  • A nice little oasis in the desert. Be aware that the water level has dropped in the last couple of years; inquire with the Organ Pipe Cactus N.M. visitors' center before going to the spring. A good place to stop for a water break or to have a picnic lunch (be sure to pack out all of your trash). It feels a bit cooler by the water, too, which is a nice respite from hiking in the heat.
  • Have yet to stop here but it is on my to do list. Very intriguing how much history is here in the middle of nowhere, especially when we talk some 400 years ago.

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