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Ben Avery Trail, Eagletail Mountains
Mt. Ajo
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Table Top Mountain, Vekol Valley

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was established to protect the rare Organ Pipe Cactus and 26 other cacti species, as well as more than 200 species of birds and other animals, many of which are unique to this area. Three distinctive divisions of the Sonoroan Desert converge here, representing six plant communities. The uniqueness of this habitat is attested to by the rarity of the Organ Pipe Cactus itself, and the even more rare Senita Cactus, both of which are found nowhere else in the US.

Hikes at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

These are the only trails currently open in the monument. All other trails are closed indefinitley due to an increase in illegal border activity. Camping is currently only allowed in the Twin Peaks and Alamo Canyon Campgrounds. All backcountry areas are closed to overnight camping/backpacking. In addition, some of your trail mileages are inaccurate. You may want to contact the monument to get accurate and up-to-date distances, etc.

520-387-6849 x 7302

From The Visitor Center
•  Palo Verde Trail (pet friendly).
•  Visitor Center Nature Trail (accessible)

From the Twin Peaks Campground
•  Palo Verde Trail (pet friendly).
•  Desert View Trail.
•  Campground perimeter trail (pet friendly).
•  Victoria Mine Trail, please stay on the trail.

From the North Puerto Blanco Drive
•  Pinkley Peak (“front” side only)

From the Ajo Mountain Drive
•  Estes Canyon Trail (Ajo Mountain area).
•  Bull Pasture Trail (Ajo Mountain area).
•  Arch Canyon Trail (Ajo Mountain area).

From Highway 85
•  Alamo Canyon Trail (trailhead down a dirt road between mile markers 65 and 66)
•  Grass Canyon Trail (park at the Ajo Mountain Wayside Exhibit at mile marker 63)

The Old Sonoyta/Ajo Highway is open (from the Ajo Mountain Drive).


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updated January 14, 2014