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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

10 Organ Pipe Drive
Ajo, AZ 85321

Phone
Visitor Information
(520) 387-6849 ext. 0

Explore Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument!

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument celebrates the life and landscape of the Sonoran Desert. In this desert wilderness, you may drive a lonely road, hike a backcountry trail, camp beneath a clear desert sky, marvel at magnificent cactus, or soak in the warmth and beauty of the Southwest.

We welcome you into this desert wild. It is yours to discover.

What to do?

There is always something to do in this desert, whether you are interested in RVing, car camping, primitive camping, driving a lonely road or slinging a pack and heading out to the wilderness for an afternoon. Click here for more information on camping, driving, and hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Nature and Science

Adaptation is key to surviving in a desert environment. Learn about some of our unique species and how they have learned to live in this unique place.

Places to Picnic

  • Ajo Mountain Drive
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  • Bonita Well
  • Bull Pasture
  • Gold Bell Mine
  • North Puerto Blanco Drive
  • Pinkley Peak
  • Senita Basin

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument celebrates the life and landscape of the Sonoran Desert. Here, in this desert wilderness of plants and animals and dramatic mountains and plains scenery. You can drive a lonely road, hike a backcountry trail, camp beneath a clear desert sky, or just soak in the warmth and beauty of the Southwest. 

The Monument exhibits an extraordinary collection of plants of the Sonoran Desert, including the organ pipe cactus, a large cactus rarely found in the United States. In addition, many creatures have been able to adapt themselves to extreme temperatures, intense sunlight and little rainfall.

15-minute slide program in auditorium available throughout the day from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Two scenic loop roads -- the Ajo Mountain Drive and the Puerto Blanco Drive -- penetrate desert country. Both are winding, up-and-down graded dirt roads. Passenger vehicles can travel them easily, but if you are driving a motor home more than 25 feet long, you should not travel these unpaved roads. 

Even some small motor homes have difficulty, so check with a ranger first. The park does not recommend trailers on these roads. Guidebooks are available at the visitor center and at the start of both drives. 

When on the road: carry emergency tools; take drinking water and extra water for your vehicle; stay away from flooded areas; and never drive off the road. Ramadas and picnic areas are located in scenic spots on both drives.

The 21-mile Ajo Mountain Drive winds along the foothills of the Ajo Mountains, the highest range in the area. Outstanding desert landscapes and impressive stands of organ pipe cactus are among the highlights of this tour. The drive takes about two hours.

The 53-mile Puerto Blanco Drive circles the colorful Puerto Blanco Mountains and passes through a startling variety of scenery. Around one corner, you will find the desert oasis of Quitobaquito, while around another you will find a true Sonoran Desert environment, with saguaros, organ pipe cacti, and elephant trees. This trip takes half a day.

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