Surrounded by expanses of open land, you may feel like Why is in the middle of nowhere, but it is a long-standing and welcome way station for travelers.
Stretch your legs, stock up on water, and gas up at the local station. Insider tip: Grab a freshly made burrito at the on-site convenience store, cleverly called the Why Not Travel Store – it’s a tradition for many Southern Arizonans on their way to Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Mexico.
The area (called Ban Hi:nk by the local Tohono O’odham tribe) was named after the original Y-shaped intersection of Arizona State Routes 85 and 86, which has since been modernized into a T-shape. Thanks to the Tohono O’odham Nation, Why has upped the game, becoming the “ultimate pit stop” with the Golden Ha:san Casino, a mini version of its Tucson counterparts.
Why is en route to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, where you can see the site’s rare namesake cacti. Count yourself fortunate if you also spy a super-elusive crested saguaro. Also nearby is Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, where you can drive for a spell along the infamous El Camino del Diablo, or “Highway of the Devil,” that runs along the southern edge of the refuge.
The desert landscape surrounding Why is abundant with Sonoran plants and desert critters. While there are few human residents, there are many bats, owls, snakes, lizards, coyotes, foxes, javelina, hummingbirds, tortoises, bighorn sheep, and deer that call this place home.
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