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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Unlike some Arizona national sites, Organ Pipe Monument is not based around one or two historic sites. Instead, the main attraction is the desert life itself, flourishing in the exhausting climate in every direction.

The Sonoran Desert can be a daunting place to visit. The heat is consistently nudging one hundred and the gently rolling sands go on for miles. The idea that the plants and animals of Organ Pipe National Monument can survive and spread as they do, covering some sectors and gently dotting others, is startling. For visitors of the site, there are plenty of opportunities for camping in the cool night air, braving trails in the thick Arizona heat, and of course, tons of towering cacti.