|Elevation||3,537 ft (1,078 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (MST)|
|GNIS feature ID||10961|
Sasabe (O'odham: Ṣaṣawk) is a small populated place in the Altar Valley of southern Pima County, Arizona, United States, near the international border with Mexico. It hosts a little-used United States–Mexico border crossing. On average, 165 cars, trucks, or pedestrians per day passed through the Sasabe Port of Entry in 2011. Sasabe, Arizona is much smaller than its sister community, El Sásabe, Sonora, which is known for its burnt-adobe brickyards. Sasabe has the ZIP Code of 85633; in 2010, the population of the 85633 ZCTA was 54.
Sasabe is best known for its historic Rancho de la Osa guest ranch, formerly the headquarters of a three million acre (12,000 km²) Spanish land grant. Some ranch buildings reportedly date to the late 17th century. The guest ranch opened in 1921. Guests have included Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.
The Sasabe area is also home to the Arizona Border Recon, an all-volunteer paramilitary group whose mission is to deter drug trafficking and illegal immigration. The ABR was featured in the 2015 documentary Cartel Land.
Much of the area north and east of Sasabe is within the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. In 2006, 3,500 acres (14 km2) of the refuge that border Mexico east of Sasabe were closed to public entry due to problems with smugglers and unauthorized border crossings.
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- Arizona border outpost one of the quietest in U.S.
- 2010 Census Fact Finder
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- History of Rancho de la Osa
- Closure order