Ajo's desert heart

Time to recharge ― and let out your inner coyote ― in a historic town

Ajo's desert heart

The Plaza

Edward McCain

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Coyote yelps ring from the shadows of a giant saguaro as brilliant sunlight slips down tawny mountain slopes. But this cactus is a wood cutout.

And the coyotes? They're kids howling like the real thing at Ajo's annual Sonoran Shindig, a yearly celebration of a lovely Arizona desert town blessed with graceful Spanish colonial revival architecture, a nearby nature preserve, and a gorgeous backdrop of cactus, canyons, and rich mining history.

Sonoran Shindig. Cowboy music to Native American and Mexican folk dancing, and booths devoted to flora and fauna, from cactus to horned owls. WHEN: 10-4 Mar 18. HOW MUCH: Free. WHERE: Bud Walker Park, off Fifth St. (1 mile north of the Plaza); 520/387-7742.


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