The International Sonoran Desert Alliance offers walking tours of Ajo’s historic town center. Don’t miss out on this behind-the-scenes look. Tour departs from the Plaza Park at 10:00 AM every 2nd Saturday from October through May.
Ajo Visitors Center
Sitting in the heart of the Historic Ajo Plaza, the Visitors Center is the perfect place to begin your exploration of the area and will provide a multitude of suggestions for how best to experience all that Ajo has to offer.
The Historic Ajo Plaza
The plaza encompasses the old train depot and features 90,000 square feet of commercial space. The plaza’s center park acts as the town’s center and is a beautiful place for local festivals, celebrations, local gatherings and exercise.
Ajo Mine Lookout Center
Owned and operated by Ajo natives and a previous employee, this site offers a chance to see the colors, depth and impact of an open-pit mine. It’s open from 10AM – 2PM Mon. – Sat. with limited summer hours. And don’t miss the museum!
Tacos el Tarasco Restaurant
Tacos el Tarasco brings its unique take on the flavors of Michoacan, Mexico to the beautiful Plaza restaurant space. In addition to food service, it has a variety of private venues that are perfect for wedding receptions and quinceaneras.
Olsen’s Patio Cafe
This Cafe offers a wide variety of delicious lunch and dinner offerings, including homemade hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, soups, and fried chicken dinners. Get in early as they close at 6 PM from Monday – Saturday and 5 PM on Sundays.
The Sonoran Desert Inn
If you’re looking for something that screams place-based experience, then look no further. The Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center hosts regular pop-up meals that double as gateways to a truly authentic experience.
Authentically Ajo Farmers Market
This market promotes over 100 local and regional vendors and their produce, food products and more. The market offers free weekly activities such as cooking demos, tastings, gardening workshops, arts and crafts, games, and entertainment.
Ajo Regional Food Partnership (ARFP)
The ARFP is a remarkable collaboration working to create a truly local food system in Ajo. Contributions include a communal commercial kitchen, the ‘Get Going, Get Growing’ youth internship program, and the Many Hands Urban Farm co-op.
A popular spot for locals, Oasis Coffee serves up specialty coffee drinks and delicious treats until 4:00 pm daily while looking over the beautiful historical Ajo Plaza. Feeling adventurous? Ask about tours of the co-located Oasis Theater.