• Sonoran Desert at Organ Pipe NM

    Organ Pipe Cactus

    National Monument Arizona

Ranger Minutes

Audio and Video Ranger Minutes
Download the following Ranger Minute segments and use them to gain a better understanding of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

To download you can either left-click on each link which will open up each movie in a new window or you can right-click on each link and the click on "Save Target As..." which will allow you to download each segment on to your computer. You can then play those segments on your computer or upload them onto your iPod or other portable media player.

Please note that these segments are large and that they may take a few moments to load.


You will need either Apple's QuickTime or Windows Media Player software to view the videos below. Click on the links above to download the latest versions of each for free.

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Jumping Cholla

Do These Cactus Really Jump?

NPS Photo

The Jumping Cholla

Join Ranger Josh as he demonstrates how the Jumping Cholla got its name.

Quicktime Movie (16.9Mb)

Windows Media Video (13.7Mb)

Audio Only (MP3 - 2.63Mb)

Text Only (PDF)

QBQ Pupfish

Quitobaquito Pupfish (Andy)

Quicktime Movie (18.Mb)

Windows Media Video (14.9Mb)

Audio Only (MP3 - 2.43Mb)

Text Only (PDF)


Ranger Josh in a wash

NPS Photo

Where Are the Animals?
Watch and listen as Ranger Josh answers one of the more common questions asked at Organ Pipe Cactus.

Quicktime Movie (16.1Mb)
Windows Media Video (13.8MB)
Audio Only (MP3)
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Lesser long nosed bat

Researcher holding a Lesser Long Nosed Bat

NPS Photo

The Lesser Long-Nosed Bats

Join Ranger Scott as he explores the important role the bats play in the Sonoran Desert

Windows Media Video (7.1Mb)
Audio Only (MP3)
Text Only (PDF)


Queen of the Night Flower

Queen of the Night Cactus in Bloom

NPS Photo

The Queen Of The Night Cactus

Watch and listen as Ranger Kristi examines the rare and beautiful Queen of the Night Cactus.

Quicktime Movie (10.5Mb)
Windows Media Video (8.5Mb)
Audio Only (MP3)
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Did You Know?

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