the Degree Confluence Project

United States : Arizona

9.2 miles (14.8 km) NW of Sells, Pima, AZ, USA
Approx. altitude: 659 m (2162 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 32°S 68°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: good

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: South #3: East #4: North #5: The sandy track to the confluence #6: The rock pile at the confluence. #7: GPS

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  32°N 112°W (visit #4)  

#1: West, with South Mountain in view.

(visited by Scott Surgent)

01-Jan-2007 -- I spent the new year traveling the lonely southern reaches of Arizona, including an exhilarating climb up Mount Ajo in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on New Year's Eve. I drove across the Tohono O'odham Nation that afternoon, camping near Saguaro National Park that evening for a planned hike up Kitt Peak for the New Year. Quite honestly, I had no intention of seeking out any confluences this weekend. But when the road was shut up Kitt Peak, and snow occluded the trails, I decided to skip the hike, and with a day free, figured I better do something to fill in the time.

I saw that 32N-112W sits relatively close to highway AZ-86 a few miles northwest of Sells, so I backtracked onto the nation, and parked off the highway pretty much on the 32nd parallel. I scooted under the unposted gate and walked the 8/10th mile along a dirt track, spooking some cattle along the way. It was an easy cross-country hike into the cactus and grass to seek out the confluence, which I found in a rocky clearing, [with] a pile of rocks near some brush (presumably from the previous visitor). I didn't stay long, just long enough to snap the photographs and return to my truck. Evidence of border crossers is everywhere, including discarded clothing, jackets, shoes, backpacks and general rubbish. I wasn't too concerned about coming across any of them; it was the Border Patrol that I feared would give me more of a hassle if they found me. As it turned out, I encountered no trouble at all.

The west photo shows South Mountain in the distance, while the south photo is the general landscape. More hills and ranges can be seen in the east photo, and more scrub in the north photo. I also included a photo of the track on the way in, and one of the general area. In all, an interesting confluence hunt... nothing too difficult, but definitely not a place to be in the summer. Later in the day I visited the next one north, 33N-112W.

 All pictures
#1: West, with South Mountain in view.
#2: South
#3: East
#4: North
#5: The sandy track to the confluence
#6: The rock pile at the confluence.
#7: GPS
ALL: All pictures on one page
In the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation.