Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Overview

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument celebrates the life and landscape of the Sonoran Desert. In this desert wilderness, you may drive a lonely road, hike a backcountry trail, camp beneath a clear desert sky, marvel at magnificent cactus, or soak in the warmth and beauty of the Southwest.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument celebrates the life and landscape of the Sonoran Desert. Here, in this desert wilderness of plants and animals and dramatic mountains and plains scenery, you can drive a lonely road, hike a backcountry trail, camp beneath a clear desert sky, or just soak in the warmth and beauty of the Southwest. The Monument exhibits an extraordinary collection of plants of the Sonoran Desert, including the organ pipe cactus, a large cactus rarely found in the United States. There are also many creatures that have been able to adapt themselves to extreme temperatures, intense sunlight and little rainfall.

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Seasonality / Weather

Most visitors come to enjoy the warmth that winter here has to offer. During the months of December, January and February, day-time highs can be in the mid-60s to mid-70s. Night time lows can be chilly, down in the 30s. Not too bad, considering the folks up north are shoveling snow that time of year. Use the links at the top of this section to see what options may be available to you during your visit with us.

The Kris Eggle Visitor Center is open daily from 8am to 5pm Mountain Standard time, excluding Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Even if the Kris Eggle Visitor Center is closed, the remainder of the park, including the beautiful Ajo Mountain Drive, is open every day including all holidays.

Directions

Driving: 

From the NORTH: follow AZ Hwy 85 through Ajo and Why. The Monument is 22 miles (35.4 km) south of Why.

From the EAST: follow AZ Hwy 86 to Why, then turn south on AZ Hwy 85.

From the WEST: follow I-8 to Gila Bend or I-10 to Buckeye, then turn south on AZ Hwy 85.

From MEXICO: drive on Mexico Route 2 to Sonoyta, then north to Lukeville.

Flying: 

Nearest airports are in Phoenix and Tuscon, then by private vehicle.