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Contact: Sue Walter, 520-387-6849
On April 13, 2012 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument will turn 75! The monument staff will be presenting programs to celebrate the event starting in January. Ranger guided tours at the historic Bates Well Ranch and ranger presentations are scheduled as part of Second Saturdays in Ajo.
The 75 year history of the monument will be split between the three ranger presentations at the Curley School Auditorium. Each program will cover a 25 year span with historical images of places in the monument and accounts of the people that have made the monument what it is today. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes. The presentations on January 14 and March 10 will begin at 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. on February 11. Doors will open 15 minutes before the program begins.
The historic Bates Well Ranch tours will provide an opportunity to learn about the ranching history of the monument while touring structures at the ranch. Each of the three tours will be slightly different with each of the Park Rangers providing insight based on their research and interests. The tour at the ranch will last up to one hour. This does not include driving time. The ranger guided tours on January 14 and March 10 are scheduled to leave Ajo at 2:00 p.m. On February 11 the tour will leave from Ajo at 1:00 p.m. All tours are scheduled to leave from the Ajo Chamber of Commerce at 400 Taladro Street. The monument will provide a van to transport up to 10 visitors to Bates Well. Anyone interested in riding in the van must reserve a seat by calling 520-387-6849 ext. 7302. People are welcome to car-pool and follow the van or meet the ranger at Bates Well. The drive to the ranch is a little over an hour and the dirt road can be rough. Participants should bring a snack, water, sunscreen, 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.