Twenty five miles east of Yuma
along I-8, Wellton
is a small desert town centered a short distance north of the interstate, accessed from exit 30. The flat land further north is irrigated and agricultural, bordered by the Gila River
, but to the south stretches the most hostile and least visited desert region in Arizona, most contained within Barry M Goldwater Air Force Range. The infamous El Camino Real
has a western terminus just outside Wellton; this rough dirt road crosses the desert for 120 miles, eventually rejoining a paved route at the edge of the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge
near Ajo. Wellton is also close to Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
, the Palm Canyon entrance being 70 miles away along US 95.
A gas station and two restaurants are located at the interstate exit, and one hotel; the next chain lodging to the east is in Gila Bend
, 87 miles away.
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