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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument


Organ Pipe Cactus National MonumentOrgan 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. There are also many creatures that have been able to adapt themselves to extreme temperatures, intense sunlight and little rainfall.

Exhibits in the Visitor Center include a herbarium corner, photographic panels, a touch table and dioramas on the Sonoran Desert. Park rangers are there to talk over plans and interests with you. Schedules of guided walks, talks and other programs are posted in the winter. When you are ready to begin your desert explorations, you will find scenic drives and hiking trails just short distances away.

Vehicle - $8 (Good for 7 days)
Individual - $4 (Good for 7 days)
Organ Pip Cactus Annual Pass - $20

Getting There:

  • From the NORTH: follow AZ Hwy 85 through Ajo and Why. The Monument is 22 miles (35.4 km) south of Why.

  • From the EAST: follow AZ Hwy 86 to Why, then turn south on AZ Hwy 85.

  • From the WEST: follow I-8 to Gila Bend or I-10 to Buckeye, then turn south on AZ Hwy 85.

  • From MEXICO: drive on Mexico Route 2 to Sonoyta, then north to Lukeville.