In 2001 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (specifically Quitobaquito Springs) and nearby Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge were declared Globally Important Bird Areas (IBA) by the American Bird Conservancy. IBAs are of critical importance to migratory birds, as they provide food, water and shelter for migratory stopovers, and further provide nesting spots for seasonal residents such as the vermillion flycatcher and endangered Bell’s Least Vireo.
In 1978 Quitobaquito Springs was placed on National Register of Historic Places.
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.