"When you stay at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center, you feel you are surrounded by a community of love, innovation and care for the earth. No brand name hotel can match this feeling of supporting a community effort that is making a difference.”
-Gary Nabhan, author, “The Desert Smells Like Rain”
Our new inn and conference center is housed in a beautifully restored school, a short walk to the historic Ajo plaza and minutes from millions of acres of pristine desert landscapes. As a not-for-profit organization, we have a dual mission: to attract visitors to the Ajo and the surrounding region, and to support Ajo’s economic development through direct employment and partnerships with local businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists.
We provide individual travelers a refreshing alternative to chain hotels, and excel in personalized planning and hosting services for groups of any type - conferences, workshops, meetings, retreats, educational trips, family reunions, weddings, and more. The Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center is the perfect gateway to the region. Come experience our passion for connecting you to local history, culture, and flavors!
You'll jump right into Ajo's fascinating mining history, and encounter the unique character of Southern Arizona, where Mexican, Tohono O'odham and American cultures create a blend that is authentically Ajo. We are the closest accommodation to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, one of the Southwest's desert gems.
Our commitment to hospitality will assure that your stay is filled with discovery and delight. Whether in Ajo for business or pleasure, with a group or traveling solo, for an event or just passing through - stay with us and experience what one traveler called "an unexpected desert jewel!"