Ajo is a small
town deep in the Sonoran Desert, 43 miles north of the Mexican
border. Residents and visitors alike enjoy low humidity, year round
blue skies and pure air.
is a town of about 4000 people in southwestern Arizona. Once a
copper mining community, Ajo became something of a retirement
community in the 1980s after Phelps Dodge stopped mining operations.
A recent influx of Border Patrol agents and a contingent of young
people have kept the town a mix of all ages.
sometimes called a "sleepy mining town", Ajo has never been
ordinary. Even the name Ajo is different, and a bit of a mystery.
Depending on whom you listen to, Ajo (pronounced AH-ho) comes from
either a Tohono O'odham word for paint or the Spanish word for
Ajo's climate makes it an ideal cold season retreat. January
temperatures average 64°. July temperatures average 103°. Yearly
rainfall of 8.95" keeps the desert plants and wildlife abundant.
Rarely is humidity over 56% and averages 37%.
Spectacular sunsets silhouetting the mountains and can be seen
For a small town, there is a lot to do, with activities ranging from
softball leagues to a theatre group and from church groups to golf
clubs. There are many opportunities for volunteers who like to stay