Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is one of the parks that has generally been off our radar in the 8 years we’ve lived in Arizona. After all, we have two Saguaro National Parks in town, why would we drive 2.5 hours to see more cacti? Well, we were itching to get outdoors after a weekend of recuperating from having all 4 of my wisdom teeth extracted. We figured why not finally make the drive before the summer heat arrived?
By the time we arrived at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, it was noon and a little too hot to do much hiking. On recommendation from a park ranger, we took the jeep on the 21-mile scenic Ajo Mountain Drive and stopped at various spots on the mostly gravel road for photos and a mini-hike.
The Organ Pipe Cactus (we actually don’t see too many of these in Tucson).
The desert poppies are in bloom and painting the hills gold.
We hiked a little ways out to Arch Canyon.
Ajo Mountain Drive in Organ Pipe National Monument Overview
- Map: 10 Organ Pipe Dr, Ajo, AZ 85321
- Fees: $12/vehicle
- Difficulty: Passable in a regular sedan
- Usage: Moderate
- Length: 21 Miles
- Pets allowed: Yes in certain areas – nps.gov/orpi/planyourvisit/pets.htm
- Camera info: Canon 6D, Canon 16-35 2.8 III, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS