Quitobaquito tours offered
Organ Pipe Cactus has scheduled tours to historic Quitobaquito. "This year we have planned a couple weekend tours to give visitors that work during the week an opportunity to take part in the tour. This opportunity to visit this historical area will enhance the public's understanding of the history and cultural significance of Quitobaquito." said Superintendent Lee Baiza. The tours are scheduled: February 8, 15, 17, 22 & 24 ; March 1, 8 & 15.
Anyone wishing to reserve a seat on the van should call 520-387-6849, extension 7302 for reservations. The number of available seats is limited, so reservations are required. No personal vehicles are permitted on the tour. A National Park Service van will transport visitors to Quitobaquito with a Park Ranger who will provide a guided tour of the area. Participants should arrive at the Kris Eggle Visitor Center no later than 7:45 a.m. The tour will leave the visitor center after a safety briefing. The van will return at approximately noon. Children must at least 12 years old and accompanied by an adult.
The walking tour will last approximately two hours and be through the historic area over uneven ground. Participants should bring a snacks, water, sunscreen, brimmed hat and wear sturdy shoes. People may bring binoculars and cameras, however the van does not have storage capacity so large camera bags and tripods will not fit. All participants will be required to go on the walking tour and stay as a group with the Park Ranger.
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.