Thursday, January 13, 2011

The End of the Road

On Monday, Kurt took us on another backcountry trip through the Barry Goldwater Air Force Range. Once again, the scenery was spectacular.

Every once in a while, you see evidence that this is a training area.

This was our destination - the end of the road at the 2000-mile long border fence between the US and Mexico. The fence in this area is not built to physically stop individuals from crossing. It is used only to stop vehicles.

It's easy to climb under -

Or around. This was apparently done to enable animal migration and their access to water.

Wow, Mexico sure does look beautiful...

More evidence that the fence here is made only to stop vehicles.

Or maybe it's just a trap - there was a border patrol vehicle right around the corner.

In order to enter the Barry Goldwater Range, every individual must get a permit. They are available for free at the Main Gate of the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma. They even give you a very nice map.

The map marks every intersection with a letter and number -

Which corresponds with intersection signs on the range. You can't get lost!


  1. very interesting way to get across the border..or rather under it??

  2. Wow this was very interesting... Loved the picture of you sneaking into Mexico... LOL LOL
    Have Fun & Travel Safe!

  3. How anticlimactic, seeing a section of the fence that all the fuss is about. It's a fence.

  4. Diana, I have really enjoyed your posts from the “Barry Goldwater Range”. In the days of another life, I saw a lot of this range, only never from the ground level. Great pictures!


  5. Glad to see you decided to only half sneak into Mexico.

  6. OHHH Im so green with envy...I want to be there too! Dag nabbit! Who is that desperate hombre crawling under the fence? lol what a fun post, and looks to be a great place to explore and go 4 wheeling & good that they allow visitors and even better that they give you a map so you dont get lost!! Love it! Actually I think we should combine Canada, USA, & Mexico--be more room for all of us to spread it the CAUSAMX! :o)

  7. We plan on going to BGR and geocache. There are hundreds of them out there in a series.

  8. You are the loveliest illegal alien to ever slip under the border fence. You really like to tempt those Border Patrol guys! ;c)

    I think somebody needs more training on driving a HumVee!

  9. I have a new appreciation of the Barry Goldwater range. Previously cursed it as an area of beautiful country I'm forbidden to fly over. Fine. I'll drive in instead.
    Thanks for the good information.

  10. This is just perfection as far as I can see. I long to join you.

  11. Interesting tour and good pictures. Also makes clear what is meant by an open border.

  12. Hello Diana..
    Been a long time since I checked your blog...nice to see you're still out there & active. Sure wish I'd run into you one of times!
    Stay safe & continue having fun

  13. You just get to see the most interesting places, and I loved looking at the beautiful pictures, thanks so much for sharing as usual :o) I hope you are having a good weekend!

  14. Great trip thanks.


  15. What a great tour. That is definitely something I am going to put on my to-do list. We were in yuma a few years back but didn't do a lot of sight-seeing. Loved teh picture of you under the fence.


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