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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo
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Mysteries of Sonoran Desert life are slowly revealed and abundantly displayed at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. This International Biosphere Reserve, is an ecorich collection of plants and animals that have adapted to living throughout this surprisingly diverse geological landscape. Scenic drives, wilderness hikes and camping are ways to unravel the mysteries.
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  • Unfortunately we were only just passing through to Mexico but what an incredible landscape. The desert is so spectacular with so many different cactus varieties. The surrounding mountains are awesome....  more »
  • Stop at visitor centre for map and advice, easy drive on mountain trail but I did multiple stops and with more time I would have hiked a bit more. I ran out of time and only did a small amount of Puer...  more »
  • The drive offers numerous stops with signs pointing out the vegetation or another natural feature. There is a free guide available at the Visitor's' Center. We also hiked from one stop for about 90 mi...  more »
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  • The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is one of the most beautiful and isolated places I have ever been. Breathtakingly silent in places with vistas as far as they eye can see. If solitude and beauty is what you seek, you will find it here. There is a lovely campground in the monument, which is a great location for a winter camping trip. Summer temperatures can be dangerous, so use extreme caution here in the summer months. Bring lots of water no matter what season!
  • A bit far from the city but gorgeous. If you visit right after rain there isn't anywhere much prettier on Earth. Make sure to come in a car that's OK with dirt roads.
  • I didn't have much time here, but I felt like I got a good taste of the area. We did the scenic drive tour and got to see many of the fabled Organ Pipe Cacti. Some of them are massive. There's also every other plant and animal in the Chihuahuan desert to see. We did the walking tour around the visitor's center too, and I learned about and how to identify the various plants in the area. I would suggest doing this walk first, before the drive, so you know what you're looking at on the tour.
  • You have to really want to visit Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, it isn't really close to anything (we drove all the way in from Tuscon). That's fine for a whole lot of people who like to get away from it all. The organ pipe cactii are fascinating and not a species of cactus we had ever seen before. There are plenty of easy, short, and longer trails for hiking, all are scenic. Like all desert hikes, make sure to bring plenty of water and sun protection.
  • Absolutely love it. Terrific facilities, trails, staff, and fabulous flora and views. We visited in our motorhome for several days in February, and the weather was wonderful. Next time we will brave the May heat to see the cactus flowers!