Why night visitors, Gunsight wash.
Lots of Why coyotes down here, many of them quite vocal at night, and they often come into camp at night to see what they can find.
The next stop on our rather loosely planned agenda was in Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, between Sasabe and Arivaca. We pulled out of Why and headed east through the Tohono O'odham Nation Reservation. Traffic was light, and the road mostly in good condition. Border Patrol had their check-point just west of Three Points, where we turned south on 286, after some fuel and propane replenishment.
There must be a few houses around here somewhere!
About 12 miles north of the Mexican border we turned east again on the Sasabe-Arivaca road.
When we were last down here a few years ago, this section of road was a mine-field of potholes, loose gravel doing it's best to shake your truck and rig apart, despite going very slow. What a pleasure this time to find brand new, perfect pavement; so new in fact that they were still paving some sections ahead. The Wildlife Refuge only allows camping in designated camp sites, and it has well over 60 sites. But unlike most such areas, there is no one campground. The sites are widely scattered across miles of different dirt roads all over the refuge! The closest ones might be 100 yards or 2 miles apart! Camping is free, with a limit of 14 days. Check out all the camp sites on the refuge map above.
My preferred spot was vacant, and there was only one other unit in the area. The views are great, and there's enough trees around to hang up the hammock too!
I soon had the bike out, in preparation for exploring the abundant trails in the area.
Hailey was soon out too, checking to see which trees she could climb.
Apparently, the Fish & Wildlife Service purchased the huge ranch in 1985 to establish the reserve.
Located in southern Arizona, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge was established for the reintroduction of masked bobwhite quail and to restore the natural landscapes and native wildlife that depend upon it.
There are some very old and very cool corrals around the headquarters facilities.
I toured around some the surrounding area and towns of Sasabe and Arivaca with a friend from back home. And, when the weather was cooperative, it was nice to sit around a fire outside and enjoy the stars.
I took advantage and got my booster shot one day in Tucson.
On the way home, there was a large meeting of enforcement and rescue vehicles, around a vehicle that had apparently exited the road at high speed and rolled several times by the look of it.
As usual, the Border Patrol is active in the area, both on the ground and in the air.
I suspect we'll be here; till we decide to leave :-)