• Sonoran Desert at Organ Pipe NM

    Organ Pipe Cactus

    National Monument Arizona

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  • 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.

Things To Do

Even though most visitors come to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in December, January, and February to enjoy the Sonoran Desert's winter warmth, each season offers a unique perspective and experience. Choosing when to visit may depend on your length of stay and what you like to do.

 
A photographer stands in the desert awaiting the sunset.

Cactus glow from the light of a setting sun while a photographer waits for the perfect moment.

Leisurely hiking trails and those designed for the experienced hiker meander through a diversely vegetated landscape. Photography, night-sky gazing, wild-flower walks, camping, ranger programs and of course the scenic drives are among the visitors' favorite activities. Use the links in the menu to the left to find out more about camping and other things to do in the monument.

Junior and Desert Ranger Activities
Children and adults may enhance their visit by participating in the Junior Ranger Program (for children) and the Desert Ranger Program (for the not-so-Junior Ranger). Pick up the respective guide books at the visitor center. Upon completion, take a pledge and earn a badge that signifies your commitment to preserving Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Did You Know?

Kangaroo Rat

Kangaroo Rats are masters at desert survival. They get all the moisture they need from the seeds and plants they eat and don't need to drink any water. Their kidneys are so powerful at recycling the moisture they do get from plants and seeds, they have been known to urinate crystals. More...