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: 10 m (32 ft)
Quality: good

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  32°N 112°W (visit #2) (incomplete) 

(visited by Andy Martin)

15-Mar-2003 -- Driving from Quijotoa to Sells I realized that this confluence was near the road, and decided to visit it on the spur of the moment. Did not have a camera with me, unfortunately. The Etrex model GPS unit set to WGS84 indicated a distance of just over .7 of a mile to the spot, and I parked on the west side of the highway, well off the shoulder. A new barbed wire fence follows the road; crossing will not be too hard for those with very long legs, others must take care.

The desert is lush here, with big Saguaro cactus, cholla, and a deceptive bush like cactus. Having experience in desert hiking this was an easy walk, but easterners should keep their eyes open. Many empty plastic jugs are seen on the hike in, probably left by illegals hiking along the road. Bits of a horse skeleton are spotted near the destination. It is in a floodplain, but perhaps 50 to 100 feet south of a channel that is about 10 feet wide, and lined with small rocks. This is not the location reported in 1999, as it is not in a dry wash. Left a small cairn there, future visitors can make their own judgement as to location. I found it to be just west of a large Creosote bush.

The GPS elevation was 2161 feet, which is quite close to the mapped 2160 to 2170 contour interval. The vertical accuracy of these GPS units is better than expected. Sky visibility was good at the confluence. Nearby bushes were under 6 feet tall.

The walk back was uneventful, and placing a waypoint on the vehicle helpful, as you can't see it until close to the vehicle, or hear the highway from the confluence. Getting lost here could easily prove fatal, and snakes will be out on warm/hot days, be careful.

Editor's note: Since no photos were available, this has been classified as an attempt.

In the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation.