Equestrian Use

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Get out and adventure in the Sonoran Desert on horseback!

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Horseback riding is a great way to experience the desert and explore parts of the desert that few get a chance to see! Twin Peaks Campground allows for horse camping and is located near several horse-friendly trails. Please help us preserve the fragile desert ecosystem by following these simple guidelines:

  • Limit riding groups to five horses maximum
  • Horse travel is only allowed along designated trails
  • No riding along trails for 48 hours after a soaking rain
  • Do not tie to trees, cacti, or any other vegetation or historic structures
  • Stock must be fed weed-free hay for one week prior to visit and during the entire stay
  • Manure must be cleaned up at campsites and horse trailers may not be cleaned in the monument
Please visit or contact the Kris Eggle Visitor Center at 520-387-6849 for any questions.

Developed Trail Rides

There are plenty of trails for horseback riding in the monument! The following is a list of trails that are are open for equestrian use, each with varying lengths and difficulty. As always, horse use is allowed in the federally designated Wilderness sections of Organ Pipe Cactus.

Victoria Mine Trail

  • 4.5 miles roundtrip
  • easy trail
  • Restroom and water available at trailhead in campground

Lost Cabin Mine Trail

  • 8 miles roundtrip
  • Facilities at beginning of trail in campground

Campground Perimeter Trail

  • one mile loop
  • easy trail
  • water and restrooms available along the route in the campground

Old County Road Trail

  • 16 miles roundtrip
  • Easy Trail
  • No facilities

Senita Basin Loop

  • 1.2 miles roundtrip
  • Moderate trail
  • No facilities

Milton Mine Trail

  • 3.2 miles roundtrip
  • Difficult trail
  • no facilities

Red Tanks Tinaja Trail

  • 1.6 miles roundtrip
  • moderate trail
  • no facilities

Last updated: June 10, 2023

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10 Organ Pipe Drive
Ajo, AZ 85321



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