Friday, February 10, 2017

Organ Pipe Cactus NM

After Quartzsite and a short stop at Gila Bend, I moved on to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and stayed at their campground with a lot of other WINs. I think we filled them up and then some. I was in the overflow area in the foreground.

We went on a couple beautiful drives. The first was South Puerto Blanco Drive, which goes near the Mexican border. This road was closed for many years because of drug smuggling activity, but is finally open again.

This cute little Mexican dog snuck in under the fence. I hope he finds a good home.

We also saw this hawk and several vultures along the way.

We finally got to our destination, Quitobaquito Spring.

We were expecting to see lots of birds, but they must have heard we were coming...

A view along the fence.

We also did a drive on the Ajo Mountain Drive loop.

The only wildlife we saw was this rather healthy-looking coyote.

This is rumored to be the largest organ pipe cactus in the park.

And it has an anomaly known as a Crestate.

In Arch Canyon are the 2 biggest arches in the park.

The top one looks pretty fragile!

Next - on to Puerto Penasco in Mexico. In all my RVing years, I have never stayed there!


  1. Did they move Organ Pipe Cactus Monument from AZ to NM?? Lol. Nice pictures.

  2. We were there two days ago and we're stupid enough to drive the whole loop. Thought my new teeth were going to be shaken loose.

  3. We drove through the campground when we toured Organ Pipe Cactus NM last week and decided we would definitely stay there on our next visit to the area. It sounds like you had a great time and I will be interested to hear about your time in Puerto Penansco. Safe travels!

  4. I have to drive it on my motorcycle. Read an article by a guy who did it years ago and I put it on my bucket list.

  5. Just left this beautiful monument after four glorious days. I love the Ajo Mt Drive but didn't make it to Quitobaquito due to rough road. You must have been the big group my Ranger friend said had just left.


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