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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo

#32 of 121 in Nature in Arizona
Desert Monument
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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  • There is always something blooming here. I did not expected so much vegetation, bids, flowers and spectacular views. There is even a double arch up in the mountains where you can hike ( I didn't becau...  more »
  • Too bad this park is so out of the way, it's at minimum a 2 day commitment, considering the long drive. It's 2 to 3 hours from from Tucson, through some construction and two border patrol points, one ...  more »
  • Great National Monument not crowded in early May. Beautiful saguaro flowers just beginning to bloom along with lots of prickly pear blooms.  more »
  • Some of the best cacti viewing, I've ever seen. This is one of my favorite parks because the Organ Pipe Cactus is my favorite Cacti. There is a very peaceful Oasis called Quitobaquito Springs, I highly recommend seeing it. Water in the middle of nowhere in the desert is always amazing to see. Bates Well (Dry) is really fun to explore around too.
  • I have visited Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument impromptu, and just fell in love with this place: what a beautiful place it is, with majestic statuesque plants, red rocks, canyons, caves! Please keep in mind that 21-mile scenic loop is one way road, once you start driving, there is no way back. The road is unpaved, with gravel, and rocks, and dips. An appropriate vehicle that handles that type of road is really should be driven. Enjoy!
  • I live in NY and had a unfortunate encounter with a cactus. Being from NY, I had no idea what to do. Thing is I sat on this cactus. This is not a joke, this is real. If you read the instructions to remove cactus hairs this museum lists, you'll understand why the man who helped is my husband. It's was eventful. I did not know cactus hairs existed. I was in horrible pain. Thanks to your website, and Google search, I love you guys. Literally love. You guys literally saved my ass. I've never been there in person, but now one day I want to. I don't know you guys personally, but you guys are amazing. I learned my lesson. Cactus can be a pain in the butt. Thank you very much from Long Island, NY.
  • Far from Phoenix for just the park itself and not a place to see ruins, but the most beautiful desert and majestic rugged landscapes you will see.
  • I went during the peak of summer to avoid the crowds. It was DAMN HOT but so much fun!!!