Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 860,010 acres, the majority (nearly every acre) of which are open to the public for wildlife related activities including wildlife watching and photography, primitive camping, limited hunting, and environmental education and interpretation. This includes 803,000 acres of designated wilderness area providing additional protection and primitive access to viewing plants, animals, and the natural environment.
Our website provides a number of ways to learn about the diversity of vegetation on the refuge. Take a look, give us a call, shoot us an email, and come visit the great variety yourself. After obtaining a free access permit, you can visit the refuge at any time. We hope to see you here.
If you're planning to visit the Refuge, be sure to apply for a permit first.
Specific directions can be found on the website.
The Pinta Sands that surround the Pinacate Lava Flow in the refuge is full of species not found in other areas of the refuge. The variety of wildflowers is incredible to view in February and March, but other species take a large place on the landscape such as the club cholla seen here.
For 50 years, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) has worked to safeguard its members' ability to provide assured, safe, and sustainable water supplies to their communities. Working collaboratively, AMWUA advocates responsible water stewardship that supports economic prosperity and protects Arizona's water supplies for future generations.
AMWUA embraces that water conservation and efficiency are a way of life in the desert. We work with our members to provide residents and businesses with information, tools, and assistance to use water wisely—inside and out.
Go to AMWUA’s website to learn more about:
Your guide to more than 200 low-water-use plants, the Plants for the Arizona Desert website includes new pictures and features like advanced search, create a wishlist, and more.
Use the newly updated Xeriscape: Landscaping with Style website to learn the principles of xeriscape, how to design, install, and maintain landscapes, and more.
Water-Use It Wisely's interactive guide to how much and how often to water, how to schedule an automatic controller, and how to troubleshoot your system.
AMWUA members offer educational workshops on landscape design, plant selection, planting techniques, landscape maintenance, and water-efficient irrigation. Check out upcoming offerings!
Here in the desert, the majority of our water use is outdoors. Transforming your yard into a stunning and sustainable desert-adapted retreat is an easy way to conserve water while ensuring your landscape remains healthy and thrives in our arid climate.
The desert offers a surprisingly diverse selection of low-water-use landscape plants. Blending this distinctive palette of colors, forms, and textures allows you to create plant combinations to suit any landscape situation. Browse our resources to find creative options that ensure year-round color, seasonal interest, and a wealth of other possibilities.
Water-efficient landscapes are a must in our desert climate, but they don’t have to all be the same – adding your sense of style will make it your own and ensure your outdoor living space is everything you want while still being wise with your outdoor water use.