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CABEZA PRIETA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

860,000 acres. Located in southwest Arizona, this large National Wildlife Refuge is in an arid area of rugged terrain, with many mountains and valleys, lava flows, and sand dunes.

The refuge protects wildlife which includes desert bighorn sheep, pronghorn, mule deer, jave-lina, mountain lion, and bobcat. Cactus, cholla, and mesquite are among the forms of vegetation.

Most of Cabeza Prieta lies within the Goldwater Air Force Range. Low-flying aircraft are possible at any time, and there’s a slight risk of encountering unexploded bombs on the ground.

A Refuge Entry Permit is required from the refuge office, and visitors must sign a Military Hold

Harmless Agreement. Much of the area is closed to the public during periodic air training exercises.

Activities: Hiking and backpacking are possible throughout the refuge, but there are no maintained trails. Limited hunting is permitted in season.

Cam ping Regulations: Camping is allowed except where otherwise prohibited. Wood campfires are forbidden. Water must be carried in. A 4-wheel-drive vehicle is necessary to use most refuge roads. Summers are extremely hot here, so fall through spring is the recommended time to visit.

For Further Information: Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, 1611 North Second Avenue, Ajo, AZ 85321; (602)387-6483.

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