Increased Fire Restrictions, Effective June 5 Until Further Notice
Due to increase fire danger and dry conditions, all fires (charcoal, coal, and wood) are prohibited. Cook stoves and lanterns are still allowed. Smoking is limited to enclosed vehicles.
Organ Pipe Reopens to Visitors
Contact: Krystina Webster, 520-387-6849 x7304
Ajo, Arizona - Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument re-opens to visitors today. Visitors can access public areas, roads, and the visitor center immediately. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.
"We are happy to be back at work and welcome visitors to the monument, " said acting Superintendent Matt Vandzura. "Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy all that Organ Pipe has to offer. The temperatures are approaching a more comfortable range for hiking the area trails."
Both campgrounds and scenic drives are open for use, as they were in September. Stop in at the visitor center daily between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm if you have questions about what there is to do on the monument.
Park staff are working to schedule regular ranger programs for the peak season, starting in January.
Did You Know?
Lesser long-nosed bats are considered an endangered species. Every summer Organ Pipe Cactus NM hosts a "maternal" colony consisting of 20,000 pregnant female bats. They come to feast on the pollen, nectar and fruit of the cactus. They are the primary pollinator of Organ Pipe Cactus. More...