An RV Vacation to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Picture of Organ Pipe Cactus

Picture of Organ Pipe Cactus

An RV vacation to the Sonoran Desert is a treat for all members of the family. The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a most wonderful place in southern Arizona where you can see all that the desert landscapes can offer. You can go hiking, drive scenic drives and witness fragile ecosystems you can see no place else. The convenience of traveling in an RV makes it all the more wonderful.

Within the boundaries of the national monument you’ll find Twin Peaks Campground with 174 spaces available for RVs. There are no hookups, but there is a dump station and a quiet and beautiful environment. You will also find other RV campgrounds in Ajo, a small community about 34 miles north. They always offer the best of amenities for RV travelers.

Start out with taking some scenic drives. One popular route is the Puerto Blanco Drive, although if your RV is longer than 25 feet, you will want to bike this road. Or you could take a three-hour ranger guided van tour. Another scenic drive and the most popular is the Ajo Mountain Drive. This again is a route that you will want to take a bike (or a motorcycle) if your RV motorhome is more than 25 feet long because of the twisting and narrow road.

Visit an oasis by heading to Quitobaquito, a spring that lies almost right on the U.S./Mexican border. The water comes up through cracks in the earth, pushed to the surface by a fault underneath. You will see the remnants of human habitation in the past here, as people gravitated to the spring’s waters. The best way to see Quitobaquito Springs is to take a ranger guided tour.

You should stop by the Kris Eggle Visitor Center to get all the information you need to plan your itinerary throughout the monument’s area. You will find postings for interpretive programs so you won’t miss a minute of everything offered here at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Guided hikes, bird watching spots, wildlife habitats – get all your explorations mapped out.

You will love hiking around this desert landscape. You can get off the beaten track and experience the desert up close and personal. The Visitor Center Nature Trail is a very easy track that you’ll enjoy, and there are many more both easy and more strenuous. Estes Canyon Trail is located in the Ajo Mountain area and is a favorite.

While you are in this beautiful southern Arizona area, travel only two hours and reach either Phoenix or Tucson. This will give you an opportunity to see more fascinating sights and get to enjoy some city life at the same time. Both cities have a lot of southwest history and laid-back fun that bring a joy to your RV vacation. You will never want to leave the state once you have visited for a while and enjoy the wonderful weather and the gorgeous lands of the colorful desert.

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