• Sonoran Desert at Organ Pipe NM

    Organ Pipe Cactus

    National Monument Arizona

Ranger Programs

Have you ever wondered why Organ Pipe and Saguaro cacti don't grow in all the American deserts? How is the Sonoran Desert different from the others anyway? Join us one of our free interpretive programs as we share the stories about your National Monument.

Interpretive programs are offered January, February and March. Check program postings at the Kris Eggle Visitor Center or the Twin Peaks Campground for details or check here for the week's events.

Programs are subject to change. Please check with the Kris Eggle Visitor Center (520)-387-6849 ext 7302 for more information.

 
patio talk

A volunteer captures the audience's imagination during his patio talk.

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Patio Talks
These 10-20 minute presentations take place on the back patio of the Kris Eggle Visitor Center. Subjects and presenters vary.
 
Van tour

The Ajo Mountain Van Tour stops several times so people can get out and explore.

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Ajo Mountain Van Tours
Take the opportunity to spend 3 hours with a ranger on a drive through one of the monument's most beautiful areas. Space is limited to 10 people per day so reservations are required for this tour. Be sure to call or visit the Kris Eggle Visitor Center early in your visit to reserve your space.

 
Evening Program

Evening Program at Twin Peaks Campground

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Evening Programs
End the day with a 45-60 minute slide show at the Twin Peaks Campground amphitheater. From cactus and hummingbirds, to cowboy music and cartoon characters, these programs are opportunities for our staff's personalities to really shine through.

 
owl's clover

Rangers can show you some of the best fields of wild flowers during special tours.

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Special Programs
These include guest speakers, trips to the best flower patches when they bloom, and out to the Quitobaquito oasis. Ask at the Kris Eggle Visitor Center if any are scheduled while you are in the park.

Quitobaquito van tours for 2014 were:

Fridays: 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14
Sundays: 2/23, 3/2, 3/9

Call the visitor center to make reservations (520-387-6849 x7302). Seats fill and the early tours are already full.


Park Video
The monument's video "Where Edges Meet: A Sonoran Sanctuary," is shown in the Kris Eggle Visitor Center by request. The 15 minute video provides a brief overview of the monument and it's history.

 
ranger-guided hike

A guided hike through Estes Canyon gives visitors a chance to explore plant communities at the higher elevations in the monument.

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Guided Hikes
Go bird watching, walk to an abandoned copper mine, search for wildlife along a dry river bed, or learn the stories in the stones with a ranger. Hikes are posted at the Kris Eggle Visitor Center and vary in length and difficulty.

Did You Know?

Arch at Arch Canyon trailhead

. . . That there are arches in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument? This particular arch can be found at the Arch Canyon stop on the Ajo Mountain Drive.