Aside from the markers present at Dugout Wells, I can find limited information about this little oasis. At one time, it was considered a cultural center of this vast region. Travelers would stop here for water, catching up on both local and other news as they did so. There were a few houses here at one time, and even a little school.
|The seep at Dugout Wells where live-giving water merges from the desert floor|
Today, not much remains of that little community. A well-maintained dirt road of about half a mile brings visitors from the main road. The road then loops the growth of trees. There is a primitive toilet, two picnic tables, a windmill, and a half-mile nature trail.
Donna and I walked the nature trail. It is well-maintained and easy to follow. Markers are spaced along the trail, and provide a glimpse of life in the desert. One marker indicates where a dugout was once located, while others provide information about plants and animals.
|View of Dugout Wells from the nature trail. The Sierra del Carmen mountains of Mexico are in the right background.|
From what little I have been able to dig up, it seems that William Green bought the land around what is known today as Dugout Wells in 1915. A school was already established in the area, and had been since at least 1911. In fact, during the mid-1920s, there was a sufficient number of pupils to allow for 2 full-time teachers. The school eventually closed in 1933, and the land was eventually sold to the park service.