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Directions to Puerto Penasco

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Phoenix West Valley           East Valley              Tucson 

San Diego            Los Angeles                 

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From The West Valley (Glendale-Peoria-Phoenix)

Step 1.) Take U.S. 10 west 21 miles from the 101 to State Route 85 south. Proceed to step 2.   Back to the top

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From The East Valley (Mesa-Tempe-Chandler)

Step 1.)Take U.S. 60 west to the 101 south. Take the 101 south 7 miles to the 202 west. Continue on this freeway for 4.5 miles until you get to the I-10, exit it south to Tucson. Take the I-10 South to the Queen Creek Road exit - approximately 4 miles.) Turn right on Queen Creek Road for 2 miles and it will curve to the left and become Maricopa Road. Stay on this road for 14 miles until you reach State Route 238 to Mobile (just past mile marker 175).  (about 7 miles on the right will be Pima Butte.) You will not have reached the Town of Maricopa. Turn right on SR 238 & you will travel on this road for 40.7 miles to Gila Bend. At the end of SR 238, you will turn left on SR 85 & drive on into Gila Bend (7 miles on SR 238, on the right are the Sierra Estrella Mountains. Approx. 20 miles further are the Maricopa Mountains. Watch out between mile marker 12-13, there is a sharp S curve. Also watch out for cattle on this road.)  Proceed to step 3.    Back to the top

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From Tucson

Step 1.) Take Interstate 10 to Interstate 19 for 1 mile. Turn west onto State Route 86.  Take State Route 86 through Sells and on into Why.  You will travel on State Route 86 for approximately 118 miles. Turn south on State Route 85.  (The drive from Tucson to Why is through the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. 36 miles from Tucson, you will pass by Coyote Mountains, Kitt Peak National Observatory, and then Quinlan Mountains.  The mountains to the right when you pass through Sells are called South Comobabi.  The next valley is called Gu Oidak Valley.  As you pass through Quijotoa, the mountains on the left are Quijotoa and on the right are Sierra Blanca. As you approach Why, the mountains on the right are called Pozo Redondo)   Proceed to step 5.   Back to the top

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From San Diego

Step 1.) Take U.S. 8 east to Yuma. Travel 115 miles pass Yuma on into Gila Bend, Arizona. (Just outside Yuma, there is the Gila Mountains and further out of town on the right is Mohawjk Mountains.  You then enter San Cristobal Valley,  Park Valley and on into the Sentinel Plain and the Painted Rock  Mountains about10 miles outside of Sentinel)    Proceed to step 3.   Back to the top

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From Los Angeles

Step 1.) Take U.S. 10 east through Indio (15 miles east of Indio is a rest stop.) Proceed 96 miles to Blythe & another 12 miles into Quartzsite. Continue on U.S. 10 east 93 miles from Quartzsite to Arizona State Route 85 south. (The mountains between Blythe and Quartzsite are called Dome Rock Mountains. Just outside of Quartzsite there is a range called the Plomosa Mountains. Approx 35 miles from Quartzsite, on the right are mountains called Little Harquahala and on the left are called Eagletail. Another 10 miles to the left are mountains called Big Horn. Just outside of Tonopah, you will pass by Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant - The largest in the free world. There are three rest stops in Arizona – at mile markers 4, 52 & 86.)  Proceed to step 2.   Back to the top 

                                   

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Step 2.)  Take State Route 85 south for 33 miles into Gila Bend.  (13 miles from U.S. 10, to the right is Buckeye Hill. 19 miles from U.S. 10, on the left is Margies Peak 2493 ft. and the Maricopa Mountains.  As you approach Gila Bend, on the right are the Gila Bend Mountains and Painted Rock Reservoir).  Proceed to step 3.     Back to the top

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Step 3.) In Gila Bend, Proceed to the MacDonald’s. (This is on the very west end of town. There are several fast food stops, these are last before Mexico). Just east of Macdonald’s, take the turn right onto State Route 85 south. Proceed on for 39 miles into Ajo. (Just after Gila Bend & just before Ajo, usually 10-13 miles outside of Gila Bend  and the same on Ajo,  there are speed traps by the Police, Beware. 15 miles from Gila Bend, you will pass Black Gap and a little further on, off to the left are the Sauceda Mountains)   Proceed to step 4.    Back to the top

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Step 4.) Proceed on through Ajo for another 10 miles to a little town called Why. (In In Ajo,there are several companies that offer Mexican Car Insurance, gas and food.  This would be the place to purchase them). (This area between Ajo & Why is called Valley of the Ajo – Ajo means Garlic in Spanish))  Proceed to step 5.   Back to the top

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Step 5.)  In Why, you will pass by 2 little gas stations (Chevron & an independent retailer  - The Independent is the better of the two.)  Proceed on State Route 85,  10 miles out of Why, you may pass through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint and Organ Pipe National Park.  You will travel an additional 20 miles until you reach the border.   (8 miles south of Ajo, on the left you can see Montezumas Head.  The mountains to the left are called Ajo Range.  16 miles from Why – to the left is Tillotson Peak. Another 3 miles off to the right is Pinkley Peak and Twin Peaks.  As you approach the border, the mountains on the right are called Puerto Blanco Mountains and Sonoyta Mountians).   As you come into Lukeville (The U.S. border town) there is a gas station, Post office, Duty-Free Store.   The duty free store is a great place to buy your Imported liquor (UTEA), cigarettes, perfume at discounts.   Proceed to step 6.   Back to the top

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Step 6.)  Upon entering into Mexico   (see Entering into Mexico) ,  You approach the gate and stop at the stop sign.  You need to look to your left for a two light street light.  You wait until you get one of two lights: Red or Green.   Red ALTO means pull forward and over into one of the inspection slots.  Get out of your car and proceed with the inspection as required.   A green Pase means that you are free to go forward without an inspection, feel lucky.    Proceed to step 7.   Back to the top

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Step 7.)   After crossing into Mexico, you are now in Sonoyta, Mexico.  Proceed for 3-4 miles straight on down the road.  You will wind on down into a lower part of town and will come to a stop sign.  Proceed to the left and cross the river on the bridge.  Drive about mile & you’ll  veer off to the right (the sign says Santa Ana to the left & Pto Penasco to the right) towards Pto Penasco.   Continue on through the town for several more miles.   This road will take you 60-65 miles straight into Puerto Penasco.   This highway is called Mexico 8.  (This whole area is called the Altar Desert National Park & Biosphere Reservation  About 10 miles out of Sonoyta, the mountains on the right are called Sierra Los Tanques and on the left are called Sierra Cipriano.  Approx 20 miles from Sonoyta on the left is Sierra San Francisco.   Approx 30 miles you will drive through Ejido Nayarit and off to the right is The Pincate Biosphere Reserve and Sierra El Pinacate.   Approx. 45 miles from Sonoyta is Sierra Blanca)    If you are going directly to the house,  Proceed to step 8,   or if you are going into Puerto Penasco,  Proceed to step 9.   Back to the top                 

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