Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo
Categories: Deserts, Monuments, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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.Arrange your visit to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ajo using our Ajo itinerary maker.
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Driving the Ajo Mountain Road, in Organ Pipe Natl Monument, is a great half day excursion. It takes 30-45 minutes to reach the Monument from Ajo - and then it's a 2-3 hour scenic loop drive. It's the ... read more »
Great for the cactophile, this place features saguaros as well as organ pipes. Being on a main road to Mexico, access is quite busy but you can easily get off the main road for some walking. If I go a... read more »
Paradise for cacti and desert lovers. Beautiful plants, a lot of animals and scenic views. Hike in the morning or later afternoon since it is a desert! Be sure to drop by the visitor centre, they can ... read more »
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.
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!
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!
Absolutely worth the visit! Great facilities, good trails, great views, great staff...
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