Aquarius Stargazing Ranch is in the Aquarius Mountains between Phoenix and Las Vegas, in the cooler high desert --2,000-5,000 foot elevation. Weather is more like Prescott and much cooler than Read more...
Aquarius Stargazing Ranch is in the Aquarius Mountains between Phoenix and Las Vegas, in the cooler high desert --2,000-5,000 foot elevation. Weather is more like Prescott and much cooler than Phoenix.
The ecosystem is a blend of Saguro and cholla cactus, desert sage, mesquite and manzanita and deciduous leafy trees like Aspen, Gingko and Sycamore. Wildlife is abundant and birds, bees and butterflies thrive here.
The ranch is a rarity in our busy, modern world--it is a primal experience. So silent you can hear your heartbeat. No visible city lights or signs of covilization. No traffic noise whatsoever. And even airplane traffic is rare--planes, if you see them, are very high overhead. We are in the "Dark Sky" zone, and stars are phenemenonal.
This is a great halfway stop on the way from either Phoenix (1 hour and 45 minutes) or Las Vegas (2 hours and 15 minutes) on the way to the Grand Canyon, Prescott or Sedona.
The ranch is a primal experience -- only animal footprints. No human habitation. And surrounded by 21,000 acres of the very remote Upper Burro Creek BLM wilderness.
We have a few designated campsites you can safely drive to in a regular 2 wheel drive car, van or RV, but the rest of the mile-square ranch is hike in camping only.
Roads are rugged--bring a Jeep, or rent an ATV, horse, burro or llama in Wickenburg or Kingman.
Hiking is easy and gentle--with miles of roads and sandy washes, lovely trails made by wild deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, wild burros, and the occasional stray cow.
We consider ourselves guardians of this sacred land.
Our intention is to preserve this absolutely pristine, untouched and virtually uninhabited land as a wildlife corridor for future generations, and develop it only according to ecological Permaculture principles.
We also intend to protect the wild horses and wild animals that roam freely here.
I hope to use the knowledge I learned at Living Mandala Permaculture Institute from my mentors, Penny Livingston and Geoff Lawton, as we "green the desert" and bring solar power to the ranch, keeping it pristine and truly off grid.
Your support, by camping here, enables us to raise the funds to bring improvements to the land, which we intend to do in the most ecologically harmonious ways possible.
As you walk the road that heads into the higher mountain region of the land where volcanic peaks reach 4,500 feet, you will notice that it is an natural bowl that protects a beautiful creek and canyon.
We think that Native tribes lived here because it was a defensible and safe haven, it is truly a natural fortress of red rock and granite.
Nearby Wikieup was once the settlement of the Hualapai Indians, also known as Walapais. The Indians used to cultivate corn and other food crops aided by the rich, river-nourished soil of the valley. They had fierce rivals in the tribe of the Tonto Apaches. Mostly, the two tribes did not seek disputes with each other but all that changed with the coming of the settlers, and later, the Gold Rush and miners.
The settlement of the settlers pushed both tribes farther from their source of livelihood. This resulted in disputes between the white men, the Yavapai Apaches, and the Hualapais.
We feel that the natural fortress like formation of the canyon on the ranch was at one time an important Native American site because it was easily defensible.
We have found artifacts making it obvious that this was inhabited by aboriginal tribal humans before the Native Americans. Perhaps the land has not changed significantly since then. Dinosaurs roamed Northern Arizona before that, and this sandy region was once a sea. It does look like an ocean without water.
Explore magical Aquarius and let us know what you discover.