Things To Know Before You Come
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Be ready to enjoy the trails and scenic drives, the star-lit nights and the sun-filled days. Keep yourself safe by knowing what to expect from a desert wilderness environment. Always check the weather and bring the appropriate clothing and other essentials for your visit. You might need to be familiar with accessibility information or the even the safety rules for you and your pet.
Food, Lodging and Gas
Food, lodging and gas are not available within the monument. The local communities of Ajo and Why to the north and Lukeville to the south provide these services.
The largest community near the monument is Ajo. It is 34 miles north of the visitor center on Highway 85. Ajo, has lodging, gas stations, restaurants, groceries, RV parks and other essentials. Ten miles south of Ajo and twenty-two miles north of the visitor center at the junction of Highways 85 and 86 is Why. Here you will find convenience stores, gas stations, and restaurants.
Lukeville, is the closest town. It is 5 miles to the south just before the Mexico border. It has one restaurant, a gas station and a post office. There is no lodging available in Lukeville.
Did You Know?
Gila Monsters are one of only two species of venomous lizards found in North America. You can find them in the late spring through early autumn at ORPI. They move really slow, and you have to try pretty hard to get bit. We don't recommend it. It hurts, and they don't let go.