Horse Tanks

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The rarity of water in the desert has always drawn us. In the arid Sonoran Desert, runoff from steep rocky hillsides can erode swimming pool-sized tanks into the bedrock, thus storing water from the infrequent rains. One collection of these pools is named Horse Tanks. Mountain bighorn sheep living in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge often water here. There are even grind holes and a few petroglyphs from ancient native American tribes that once inhabited this area. Today, there are no permanent inhabitants, but campers inhabit the numerous campsites along the road leading to the Horse Tanks during the area's mild winters. Besides camping and the lure of the tanks, the geology on display near Horse Tanks and the nearby Gray Tanks will keep you wondering just how those rocks got that way.