Last updated: January 22, 2024
Distance: 0.1 mile (0.2 kilometers)
Next to the Kris Eggle Visitor Center is a 1/10th of a mile paved nature trail that loops by a small pond and showcases native Sonoran Desert plant life. The trail begins by the parking lot and loops around to the back of the visitor center.
Pets are allowed on this trail.
A Refuge for Endangered Quitobaquito Pupfish
The visitor center pond, affectionately known as “La Ciénaga" or "desert oasis," is home to the endangered Quitobaquito pupfish. This small fish is only found in Quitobaquito Springs, in the southwest corner of the monument, and in the Rio Sonoyta, a small Mexican river drainage directly south of the international border. Since this unique fish naturally exists in only one location within the United States, a second habitat was created and set aside as a refuge for this endangered species. This pond was designed and built in 2005 by 160 science students from Ajo Middle School.