Arizona’s Roadside Shrines

At first I wondered why the road from Ajo to Tucson was dotted with hundreds of roadside shrines. Some were simple crosses, others elaborate alters housing a statue. My first thought was these shrines were the markings for serious accidents like so many other areas of the country but research fortunately has proven my theory wrong on this.

These shrines called grutas or capillitas have become Southwestern cultural icons and are here to offer peace, solitude and comfort for anyone requiring a lift.

Arizona roadside shrine

Arizona roadside shrine

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