Laws & Policies
A number of laws and policies guide the management of the park, starting with the founding legislation that created Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. For more information about the policies that guide the National Park Service as a whole, including Management Policies 2006 and specific policy topics, visit the NPS Office of Policy website.
Park rangers enforce a number of federal regulations in the park, including the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36 (36 CFR), and the United States Code, Titles 16, 18 and 21. Within 36 CFR, park superintendents are granted the right to make park-specific regulations to maintain public health and safety, protect environmental or scenic values, protect natural and cultural resources, aid in scientific research, provide for equitable use of facilities, and avoid conflict among visitor use activities. These park-specific regulations are found in the Superintendent's Compendium. Included below is a partial list of park regulations.
Accidents must be reported to park rangers if property damage or personal injury are involved. Alcohol Use/Possession
The following areas are closed to the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can, or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:
All motorized vehicles are prohibited on park trails. However, street legal all-terrain vehicles are permitted on park roads. Camping
Camping is permitted only in designated campsites at the Twin Peaks and Alamo Canyon Campgrounds.
Collecting firewood is not permitted anywhere in the park.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state’s website. http://www.azleg.state.az.us
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
Hours of Operation
Public Property/Natural and Cultural Features
RVs/Load, Weight, and Size Limits
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.