Ajo's vibrant street art project
In the middle of the Sonoran Desert, hours from Phoenix and Tucson, sits Ajo. Dating back to the 19th century, and with a population of only 3700, its art scene is surprisingly vibrant, with murals all over this mining town. As the nearest town to Organ Pipe National Monument, and also as a pit-stop for Phoenicians driving down to the Sea of Cortez just south of the nearby Mexican border, Ajo might seem like an unlikely haven for artists and street-art. The town's central square was built to resemble a colonial Spanish plaza--one of the best examples of 20th-century town planning in Arizona. Yes, it can be unbelievably hot in the summer, but during the cooler half of the year, you won't regret lingering in its quaint streetscape.
By Joseph Cyr, AFAR Local Expert
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Ajo, AZ 85321, USA