Organ Pipe Cactus National
10 Organ Pipe Drive
Ajo, AZ 85321
(520) 387-6849 ext. 0
Explore Organ Pipe Cactus
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
- Arch Canyon
- 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
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
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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