Summer is the time to be in the Monument for wildlife viewing, especially if you are looking for reptiles. Reptiles hibernate in the cooler winters, waiting until surface temperatures rise to the 80ºs or 90ºs before becoming active. They can purposefully regulate their body temperatures by basking on trails, resting under bushes, or taking advantage of microclimates. Count yourself lucky if you have the chance to see a rattlesnake, follow a gila monster, or accidentally come upon a desert tortoise.
Did You Know?
Our namesake, the Organ Pipe Cactus, is common in Mexico but very rare in the United States. They cannot tolerate cold weather and will be found on the south-facing hill slopes in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument More...