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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

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This is a beautiful park not far from the Mexican border so be prepared to be stopped at border... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
phil52_10
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
Fantastic Sonoran Desert location!

It's off the beaten track, but that's not a bad thing! All kinds of desert plants and animals... read more

Reviewed October 8, 2018
jmcvey123
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Boise, Idaho
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Home to a beautiful display of desert vegetation, including the Organ Pipe cactus.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful park not far from the Mexican border so be prepared to be stopped at border patrol checkpoints. The Ajo mountain drive is 21 miles of scenic desert with some great views. The variety of cacti here is quite amazing and there...More

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Reviewed October 8, 2018

It's off the beaten track, but that's not a bad thing! All kinds of desert plants and animals - especially cactus. Saguaro, cholla, ocitillo, etc. Plus the rare (in the USA) organ pipe cactus variety. It's recommend the Ajo Mountain Drive. It's 21 miles, and...More

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Reviewed September 22, 2018

There are two National Parks (NP) with cacti. Saguaro NP and this one. It is interesting that Organ Pipe Cacti do not grow in Saguaro parks. At the same time, there are few Saguaro cacti in the Organ Pipes NP. But this is just a...More

Thank MarcinDrP
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

Been to both Saguaro National Parks and this by far has the better quality and quantity of Saguaro a long with the Organ Pipe Cactus. Love the 21 mile look and the views are breathtakingly beautiful. Don't miss this if your in this area

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Reviewed August 25, 2018

We travel south to vacation every winter, and this is one of our favorite places to go. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has perfect camping and hiking weather from November-March, and even if you aren't a hiker, the scenic drive is also beautiful. We have...More

Thank otmgoodale
Reviewed August 16, 2018

We spent 2 nights in Twin peaks campground in june.Camp was so nice amog large organ pipe and saguaro cactuses.Clean toilets HOT solar powered showers(during the day or evening not useable water was just boiling,only early morning)We drove trough scenic drive and made a hiking...More

Thank Ludek S
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Even many native Arizonans don't know about this amazing park. WELL WORTH THE DRIVE! Natural organ pipe cactus environment. Take the AJO MOUNTAIN DRIVE inside the park - it's about 20 miles of slow-speed driving through a forest of organ pipe cacti & saguaro cacti,...More

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Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

Is certainly a place to visit, huge cacti, so many different types some must be over 20 feet tall, a not to miss place, you will get homeland security checks as it is so near the Mexico border, as long as you are doing nothing...More

1  Thank nick b
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Doesn't always have to be big, huge...but this one is a jewel, in my book.Vistas are beautiful...organ pipes are dramtic...June brutally hot but the cacti bloom at night, worth being there under a full moon!

Thank Michael M
Reviewed June 23, 2018

It was too hot to do any hiking, but the drives with interpretive brochures helped us understand this desert and how plants and animals adapt to its extremes.

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speer123
September 15, 2018|
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Response from Fish_LON | Reviewed this property |
I drove the Ajo loop in my rental car. I got a little scared about damage half way through but in the end there was barely a scratch on the car. Was very dusty though. I can't remember the vehicle I had but it was a... More
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mariaholt33
April 26, 2018|
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Response from CindyChoj | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I think Kia can navigate most open roads in the monument. Park Service grudgingly allows pets on leash on the developed trails although not in the wilderness; if you aren't planning on much hiking, dogs probably ok... More
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Dan1938
April 2, 2018|
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Response from David B | Reviewed this property |
I do not know about the tent camping. You can certainly go on the website for the national parks and find out. I felt extremely safe being just 7 miles on the Mexican border. They were regular patrol’s by either the border... More
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