Increased Fire Restrictions, Effective June 5 Until Further Notice
Due to increase fire danger and dry conditions, all fires (charcoal, coal, and wood) are prohibited. Cook stoves and lanterns are still allowed. Smoking is limited to enclosed vehicles.
The following is offered as a guide only. Be aware of your own capabilities and plan your visit accordingly. Leashed service dogs are always welcome.
The Kris Eggle Visitor Center is a good place to begin your visit. The lobby, auditorium, exhibits, and bookstore area are accessible. For the visually impaired there is a relief map of the monument and a touch table with a variety of items. Drinking fountains outside the building are accessible. Restrooms in a nearby building are accessible with assistance.
Behind the Kris Eggle Visitor Center is an accessible 100-yard, hard-surfaced nature trail suitable for scooters and wheelchairs. This level, gently winding trail offers close views of many plants and birds native to the Sonoran Desert.
Twin Peaks, the main campground, is located 1-1/2 miles from the Kris Eggle Visitor Center. All restrooms and drinking water facilities within the 208 site campground are accessible. Four sites have picnic tables designed for wheelchair and scooter users; these sites are located nearest the restrooms. Some of these sites also have raised tent pads which may be inconvenient. Persons desiring a more level space may request another site.
The group campground has one restroom accessible with assistance. Group sites 1 and 2 are level and may be considered accessible, though the ground is soft in some places.
Located near the southwest corner of Twin Peaks Campground, the amphitheater is the site of evening programs and other special events. The 300 foot trail is paved, but fairly steep; some assistance may be desirable. Two centrally located paved areas are designed for wheelchair or scooter use.
The 21 mile Ajo Mountain Drive Loop and North Puerto Blanco Drive (10 mile round trip) are graded dirt roads with interpretive pullouts. An interpretive guidebook is available for the Ajo Mountain Drive. At the approximate half way point of Ajo Mountain Drive, Estes Canyon picnic area has an "accessible with assistance" picnic table and pit toilet. An accessible picnic area with pit toilet restrooms is located at the five mile turn-around on North Puerto Blanco Drive.
Other areas of interest may include Alamo Canyon primitive campground. The dirt road to Bates Well historic ranch at the northern end of the monument is infrequently maintained and recommended for vehicles with four-wheel drive only. There are no facilities at this location.
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