Park Planning Documents
NPS Research Permitting and Reporting System
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument's Vital Signs report provides information on the status and trends of ecosystem drivers, landscape scale indicators, rare and sensitive species, stressors, and other focal resources. In doing so, it provides a deeper understanding of diverse monument resources and processes which in turn helps us in our efforts to conserve this beautiful Sonoran desert park. Management concerns have grown from a focus on adjacent land use and recovery from grazing and mining to include climate change, invasive species, highway traffic, and illegal immigration. The insights that this report provides are vital to our understanding of biological patterns and the general health of the Sonoran Desert ecosystem.
Did You Know?
It's not easy, practical, or legal to get "water" from a barrel cactus within the Monument. Even if you tried to get past the spines, it would be like sucking on a bad-tasting dish sponge. The best thing to do is fill a canteen with good drinking water before leaving home.