Nov 162013

In an alliance with the Sonoran Institute, the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations helped the region’s communities create the first transborder Geotourism MapGuide, covering northern Sonora and southern Arizona. The mapguide was published in 2007:

The maps  have vignettes of information about history, culture, geology and many other aspects of the region, making it a useful guide for geo-tourists. While some might argue about the choice of locations and attractions described on the maps, this is a useful addition to the background reading for anyone thinking of traveling to this region with some time on their hands to explore.

Surprisingly, the map has only a very brief and somewhat dismissive mention of the El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de  Altar Biosphere Reserve:

“Stand at the rim of this mile-wide volcanic crater and you may feel as if you’re on the moon. This land of ancient lava, sand, and cinder cones is sacred to the O’Odham people. Today, those on the Sonora side of the border call themselves “Pápago.”

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  One Response to “Transborder geotourism mapguide for northern Sonora and southern Arizona”

  1. Great article, thank you National Geographic, seems we tend to consider Natural Areas of the Sonora Arizona Region as separated by name or border boundary, this most beautiful area as the one in our Baja California California Region is definitely a Geotourism jewel of nature, we take this opportunity to invite you to Baja California, which no doubt , you very well, but now Oscar Escobedo head of Tourism and new governor Kico Vega are trying to protect nature as well as share the beauty of Baja’s Sea of Cortez, Pacific Ocean, San Pedro Martir Observtory, The Islands of Guadalupe, Isla de Cedros, Angel de la Guardia among the Valley of the Giants, San Felipe and on…need to position the outstanding natural areas to the world to help protect and to share…congratulation to all of you and thank you. Xavier

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