Old Car Camp Ajo

Total Miles


559.83 ft


0.75 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

This fun out-and-back trail on the northern side of the Cardigan Peak Mountains Outside Ajo ends at a secluded campsite. This is a beautiful area of the desert full of giant saguaro cacti and flowers in the springtime. The trail is mostly dirt with some natural gravel sections mixed in. It is a 4x4 trail recommended for smaller short-wheelbase vehicles due to the steep transitions in a few spots closer to the end of the trail. There are also a few areas with low-hanging trees to navigate that would make this a challenge for taller vehicles. Paint damage is likely. Midway along the route, one will find themselves on a fun little narrow ridge section that briefly gets off-camber. The old car can be found on an offshoot closer to the end of the trail. Hint, when you get to the little mine on the left, you've gone too far. The end of the trail near the small mine has some steeper transitions and requires a 4x4.


4x4 larger and long-wheelbase vehicles are not recommended. There are some steeper transitions close to the end of the trail.

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