Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo

#24 of 109 in Wildlife in Arizona
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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  • August 14, 2017
    Very secluded and only with a long drive from Phoenix or Tucson out to achieve. Please do not underestimate the distance in the middle of nowhere and take enough water. You should allow a full day for this trip. One is rewarded with a breath-taking nature. The way leads through a training ground of the air force, which we were allowed to watch on our last trip at target practice. A10 Thunderbolts attacked ground targets in close to the road. For my taste slightly too close to the public road. Also, you should necessarily have his passport, as each car is controlled by the U.S. border patrol (illegal immigration). All in all strenuous but worthwhile.
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  • August 10, 2017
    It is difficult not to fall in love with all cactus species contained in this park. Some hikes and routes by car of beauty (Puerto Blanco Drive and especially the Ajo Mountain Drive). The "Visitor Center" offers documentation explaining the life of plants and animals in this part of the desert. Counsel: end your tour of the Ajo Mountain Drive afternoon: sunset declining (or even) will reveal all the beauty of this place.
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  • July 17, 2017
    We drove from Tucson - more than two hours, but worth it to see the unique organ pipe cacti and the lovely scenery. The visitor center, including the shop, are nicely set out and the person on duty wa...  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    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.
  • February 27, 2017
    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!
  • May 15, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    I went during the peak of summer to avoid the crowds. It was DAMN HOT but so much fun!!!

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