Maria, the WNPA storekeeper, is an older blond woman in a red shirt standing behind a black computer sitting on a tall desk in a bookstore.
Western National Parks Association is a partner of Organ Pipe Cactus.

NPS Photo/Cate Blanch

Western National Parks Association

Western National Parks Association (WNPA) is a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service. WNPA supports more than 70 partners across the West by developing products, junior ranger programming and educational services that enhance the visitor experience, understanding, and appreciation of national parks. In addition to developing publications for parks, WNPA funds support park research and helps fund programs that make park visits more meaningful.

WNPA operates the park store at The Kris Eggle Visitor Center at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The WNPA store at the Kris Eggle Visitor Center features memorable gifts, souvenirs, and high quality, often hard to find publications on subjects related to Organ Pipe Cactus, the Sonoran Desert, and the cultural history of southern Arizona.

Love National Parks? You can be a Park Protector!

A Park Protector membership is $25 a year and makes a huge impact at national parks all over the Western United States. Park Protectors support ways to preserve and improve national parks for everyone by assisting WNPA in their goal to expand understanding of natural areas and improve access for those who can’t visit in person.

WNPA fundraising supports national parks by creating scientific research projects and educational opportunities for children and adults, funding community programs and special events, promoting a park’s story through educational exhibits, and so much more!

Added benefits to the WNPA membership include:

  • 10% discount at WNPA stores and online at

  • Members-only deals and merchandise

  • Digital newsletters featuring park stories, news, and events

  • Advance email notification of presentations, virtual events, and educational opportunities

  • Reciprocal discounts at 400+ public land sites

  • Tax-deductible membership dues

Signup in a WNPA park store or fill out the online form to become a Park Protector! For more information about Western National Parks Association or to purchase items on-line, please visit their online store.

A beautiful pale yellow grass basket with several black "S" shaped designs weaved through it.
A stunning, intricately weaved basket made locally from a member of the Tohono O'odham.

NPS Photo/Cate Blanch

Arts and Crafts

The WNPA store inside the Kris Eggle Visitor Center has many stunning art and craft pieces for sale from local tribes and Mexican artisans. Learn more about each below and explore our gallery to see these beautiful pieces.

Tohono O’odham Basketry

The Tohono O’odham are master basket weavers, creating beautiful, intricate pieces that were traditionally woven for everyday use, ceremony, and trade. Although weaving has traditionally been done by women, O’odham men have always participated in basket production by gathering basket materials. Baskets are commonly made with long bear grass, white and green yucca, willow, black devil's claw, and red banana yucca.

Mata Ortiz Pottery

The Mexican town of Mata Ortiz is well-known for their stunning pottery made with clays and mineral-based pigments made from local materials. The artisans weave a unique blend of both ancient and modern methods into their detailed designs.

Alebrijes (Oaxacan Folk Art)

Imported from Oaxaca, Mexico, this colorful Zapotec folk art tradition is still a popular art and gift item. These whimsical animals are rare and unique, and no two are exactly alike! Discover more about the history of Alebrijes.


Last updated: August 19, 2023

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