Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

12 03 2016
Organ Pipe Cactus

Organ Pipe Cactus

The National Park Service has selected a beautiful patch of the Sonoran Desert about half way between Yuma and Tucson and all the way south at the Mexican border.  This is the northern most reach of the famous cactus that is used for the park’s name.  Early accounts tell of the magnificent rank of organ pipes rising from the desert floor, surrounded by the even taller Saquaro and gangly Ocotillo with it’s bright red blossoms.  This part of the Sonoran is known as the green desert, and indeed at least at this time of year, the surrounding hillsides are a lush green hue.

We’re parked at the Twin Peaks Campground, a relatively large campground with over 200 sites with no hookups.  But, potable water is readily available all around the campground, and two threaded taps for filling tanks are available near the dump station.  Generator hours are limited to 8-10AM and 4-6PM.  Without electric hookups, we didn’t bother trying for over-the-air TV, but it’s doubtful – only satellite TV is likely to provide signals.    There are also several bath/shower houses scattered through the campground with flush toilets and solar showers.  As a bonus, the Verizon data signal is full 3G and even the T-Mobile phones (which appear to be roaming to Mexico) work fairly well.   We were assigned site #37.  All of the RV sites provide a pull-through concrete pads between paved roads, a smaller concrete patio, a picnic table and grill.  All are set among the natural vegetation, most with at least some minimal shade.  The only “bad” sites would be those directly next to the bathroom buildings with their slamming doors and bright night lights.


Twin Peaks Campground from Google Earth

There are programs several times a day at the nearby Visitors Center, and a nightly program at the campground amphitheater.  The daytime activities range from hikes to tours into the nearby mountains.  On Friday we returned to Ajo (ah-ho) for quick visit to the local IGA which provided a good grocery selection as well as an in-store Ace Hardware.  How convenient!  On Saturday we decided to check out Lukeville, the small border town about 5 miles south of the Visitors Center.  As we head toward the border, it becomes apparent that spring breakers from Tucson and other local Arizona schools are escaping to the Mexican resorts along the Sea of Cortez.  The backup at the small border crossing was over an hour long.  Rocky Point seems to be most discussed, perhaps we need to check it out next time we’re in this part of Arizona.  In Lukeville, there’s nothing of interest – the former motel and RV park appears to be closed.  It truly is a border crossing town, and only about 60 miles to the resorts along the Sea of Cortez.




3 responses

15 03 2016
Wayne Hummel

Your camper looks great!!! How is everything going? Have you gotten all the things needed for comfort yet?


2 02 2017

A great write-up of one of our favorites… We’ll be there again, tomorrow.

3 02 2017

Thanks, and I’m envious! 🙂

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