|Just 20 miles south on Hwy 85 from Gunsite Wash.|
The Organ Pipe cactus, a distinct looking plant, only grows within the 570 square miles of the national monument, thus it's name. That's one on the right side of the sign above.
|The entrance to the Kris Eggle Visitor Center at Organ Pipe.|
I really drove down to the visitor center because the campground is near it and I wanted to evaluate it as a possible site for staying at next year, but first I toured the visitor center and it's exhibits.
|One of the cactus exhibits inside the visitor center.|
It only takes a few minutes to walk thru the internal displays at the visitor center but there's a nice outdoor nature trail outside that is cool to walk.
|One of the stops along the visitor center nature trail, the sign explains the view.|
At the rear of the center the nature trail ends with a neat little pond housing some type of small endangered fish that is indigenous to the National Monument. It was constructed by some middle school kids from nearby Ajo, AZ.
|The pond housing tiny little endangered fish.|
About a mile away from the visitor center is the Twin Peaks campground where you can dry camp (no hookups) for $9 a night if you have a US Senior Pass.
|The Twin Peaks campground entrance.|
The campground consists of 128 camp sites with four restroom facilities. There are no hookups but I did notice a cell phone charging area up near the campground office.
|Campsites among the Organ Pipe cactus (and Saguaro).|
|Not sure what type this one is but the flowers were pretty.|
I spent an enjoyable and educational morning at the Organ Pipe National Monument. Next year when I return to Gunsite Wash to camp I will probably add a few days at the Twin Peaks campground so I can hike the monument. You really can't go wrong choosing where to camp in this part of Arizona!
Thanks for reading!