Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo: Address, Phone Number, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reviews: 4.5/5

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Deserts • Monuments & Statues
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Home to a beautiful display of desert vegetation, including the Organ Pipe cactus.
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michaeljones46
Oklahoma City, OK427 contributions
Off the Beaten Path But worth The Trip!
Sep 2021
A beautiful natural gem. The various cactus and other plants are great to see so well preserved, and several beautiful drives in the park. Visitor center is very small but has restrooms and a short nature walk.
Written 30 September 2021
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Experience Junkies
Marana, AZ138 contributions
Ajo Mountain Drive
May 2021
We took the Ajo Mountain Drive and used the new NPS App to read about each stop on the drive. We ate our picnic lunch at a Ramada along the Drive. It’s a beautiful drive featuring desert plants and wonderful Mountain View’s. We had stopped at the Visitor Center and met the friendly and helpful Rangers. They have all the Park information to assist you with planning your visit!
Written 25 May 2021
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John G
San Diego, CA31 contributions
Not worth the cost of the gas to get there
Apr 2021
I just don't understand the rating for this monument. First, it's very remote. Second, there aren't that many organ pipe cacti there - it's mostly Saguaro. Third, charging a fee entry to national parkland, when there isn't even more than an improved dirt road, should be criminal.
Written 4 April 2021
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Nicky L
Bury, UK474 contributions
Fantastic Country
Apr 2020 • Couples
Absolutely loved this place, just like a regular National Park with a good visitor centre and rangers to assist. Terrific hiking country but also excellent driving routes to see the superb cactus. Certainly off the beaten track and miles from anywhere it's well worth the travelling and should not be missed.
Written 18 March 2021
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miss1ss1pp1
Crosby, MN43 contributions
Great national monument
Mar 2021 • Couples
It’s a drive to get here. But beautiful if you take the drive to Ajo mountain (across from the visitors center). It takes about 2 hours and the views are marvelous. Hiking trails and a picnic areas at different parts of the loop. There are other areas of the park but we ran out of time. the rangers are friendly and informative. Plan a couple days if possible.
Written 6 March 2021
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Nellie858
Minneapolis, MN76 contributions
Surprisingly enjoyable
Feb 2021 • Couples
This is quite different from other National Monuments we’ve visited. My expectations were not high but really enjoyed it. We only spent the day but well worth the drive from Tucson. The guided auto tour was brilliant- we got so much more out of the 21 mile drive as a result. History, geology, botany - it was a real treat.
Written 28 February 2021
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DisneyDarwin
Spring, TX995 contributions
Unique get-away-from-it-all kinda place
Jan 2021
You don't just drop by this national monument, you have to visit purposefully. Not that it's that far, but you do have to get off the freeway and head way south in Arizona. In fact, we saw lots of border control and even Trump's wall. But, the real treat is endless cactus --- lots of saguaro, prickly pear, cholla, and, of course, organ pipe cactus. As it turns out, this is probably the only place in grows in the US because it is at the far northern end of its preferred, necessary climate. Don't be mistaken, this is rugged, desert country. But, there is rugged beauty everywhere and plenty of the eponymous cactus, which is unique in its own right. There are several nice trails to enjoy, plus a visitor center with helpful rangers. There's a small oasis there with tons of bird life; be sure to sit and watch for 30 minutes or more. The loop road near the visitor center offers lots of gorgeous rugged mountain scenery and everything the desert has to offer. Most national monuments merit that designation, and this one is no exception.
Written 5 February 2021
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Blabbott
Aurora, IL707 contributions
Lots of Saguaro too!
Nov 2020
We just had a day, so we drove the Ajo Mountain Loop and hiked the Estes and Arch Canyon trails. If you are short on time, you can skip the Arch canyon hike (you can see the Arch from the trailhead). It is possible to climb up closer to the arch, but it requires off-trail hiking up steep rock. The Estes Canyon hike is easy until the end when it switchbacks up to meet the Bull Pasture Trail.
Written 30 November 2020
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Nathan Sorenson
173 contributions
Desert jewel
Nov 2020 • Couples
Spent a few days driving and hiking and loved it. South border roads were closed due to building the border wall which will really take away from the drive.
Don’t miss the Ajo Mountain loop as it is the best drive in the park!
Written 13 November 2020
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ1,898 contributions
Great Scenery
Oct 2020
There are two roads in the park that take you into the back country. Both are improved with some paving in certain areas. This is on the border of Mexico near the port of entry at Lukeville.
We took the shorter route that is 21 miles is a one way road. A normal 2 wheel drive car can make this tour without problems except possibly in monsoon times with flash flooding going on. There are trails that go back to an arch and lots of places to pull over and see the sites and take photos.
Take water on the trip and use the bathroom before you go.
Take your time don't rush you will miss some interesting things.
Written 8 November 2020
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