Ajo is an enchanting little town with a big heart! Everyone is friendly, helpful and very proud of their city! The food that we had at Desert Rain and the food festival was all freshly prepared and the Organ Pipes National Monument was amazing!
Ajo is on the way to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and is the closest motels on hwy 86. So this is the place to stay. There are about 4 or 5 motels. La Siesta was clean and well managed. It is a challenge to find an open restaurant but there is a nice IGA and a Pizza Hut. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the culture.
Ajo was an attractive little town, although we were really there for the wildlife reserves and Organ Pipe Cactus Monument. Dinner at a restaurant with other good reviews was a little disappointing - very slow service and a limited menu, although the food was fine.
We stayed in Ajo to visit Organ Pipe Cactus Monument which was great. However, I would travel farther to see the monument rather than stay in Ajo. It appears to be a dying town of derelict buildings and closed businesses. The service at Estrella's restaurant was non-existent, and the Marine Motel was the worst I've ever stayed in. The town is overshadowed by enormous piles of old mine tailings and mining debris. The town is dying a long, slow death. Marcella's restaurant served decent basic food and the servers were friendly. To get to the restroom you had to take a key, gas station style, and go outside around the building. Go to the monument, but stay away from Ajo!
Interesting place and for the most part a very clean little town. Good place for everyone to visit at least once in their life. Close to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument which I found very interesting. I went there to mountain bike and there are plenty of places to do that. Weather in January was pleasant. Don't think I would want to be there in July.