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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

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Address: Ajo, AZ
Phone Number: 520-387-6849
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Driving, Hiking, Camping
Description: Home to a beautiful display of desert vegetation, including the Organ Pipe...
Home to a beautiful display of desert vegetation, including the Organ Pipe cactus.
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Like a whole other world

The eponymous national monument is home to an abundance of this rather unique specimen of cactus. Not only does organ pipe cactus resemble the pipes of a church organ, but you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2013
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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The eponymous national monument is home to an abundance of this rather unique specimen of cactus. Not only does organ pipe cactus resemble the pipes of a church organ, but you won't even find so much as one specimen 4 hours away in Tucson. The climate and other factors in this particular corner of Arizona are such that the cactus... More 

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We learned a lot about the unique ecology and botany of the area, and had no idea there was such a beatiful and scenic attraction in that area. The layout of the viewing sites and informaiton plaques were excellent. The visitors center was of exceptional quality. Pleased to see the open hours so generous at a slower time of year.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

This is my favorite national park in AZ. The organ pipe cacti are amazing, and so are the saguaros. The campground is nice and clean. The hike above the campground is great for sunsets and views into Mexico. The Alamo canyon trail is amazing with views into the mountains and at least 6 types of lizards, including a Gila monster.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I tried to do the scenic drive but the dirt road wasn't kind to my Prius rental. After 4 miles, I turned around not wanting to risk damage the car, or get stuck. Otherwise, it's a beautiful park, just go with a 4x4.

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Mauston, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

As a US senior camping is only $6. No hookups, but a good dump and water supply. Campsites are well spaced and pull-through with concrete pads and stand-up grills. Volunteers assign campsites and try to keep people apart. I was there in late March and the campground was only 1/3 occupied. Be sure to sign up early for the free... More 

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Natick, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I am from Tucson and many (many) years ago made a few cursory passes through Organ Pipe on my way to Rocky Point. We visit Tucson and Arizona frequently and decided to take a few days to drive parts of the state we don't usually see, and that included Organ Pipe - which was the high point of this trip.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

So glad we traveled through three check point to get there. Stopped at the visitor center and was greeted by a ranger and asked if we had questions. He ended up giving us a tour of their garden outside explaining what we would find in the park. There are two driving routes, one 5 miles and another that was around... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

There weren't many people around during our trip to Organ Pipe at the end of March. We enjoyed the solitude of our picnic lunch and Ajo Mountain Drive. The majority of the drive is gravel and needs to be taken slow.. but it allows you to take in the beauty of the cactus and stunning landscapes. Be sure to pick... More 

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I recommend doing the 21-mile Ajo mountain drive loop. Ask the park ranger about spots to stop at, because there are many hidden treasures in the park that can easily be missed, especially the cristate cacti (look it up-cacti with crested tops). It is recommended to go in the late spring, as this is where the cacti bloom, which is... More 

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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Gorgeous truly sums up the scenery. We enjoyed bird-watching, a fabulous sunset and wonderful desert scenery. Traveling with two family members with limited mobility, we were still able to see and enjoy the scenery. Volunteers at the visitor center were kind, friendly and helpful. The movie worth a watch. We also enjoyed the little nature trail around the center.

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