Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

As part of our Thanksgiving desert pilgrimage, Stephanie and I drove down to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on the border with Mexico. The park protects the desert wilderness surrounding the northernmost range of the organ pipe cactus. We had just enough time to drive the mostly unpaved, 21-mile Ajo Mountain Drive, before heading back to Phoenix to catch our flight home to San Francisco.

Ajo Mountain Drive in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Ajo Mountain Drive

Organ pipe cactus in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Our first organ pipe!

Organ pipe cactus in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
A closer look

Stephanie and Justin in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Of course we gotta pose with the cactus

Ajo Mountain Drive in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Another organ pipe cactus

Ajo Mountain Drive in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Picturesque landscape

Arch Canyon in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Arch canyon