The RV Kids -- Our Winter 2011 Adventures travel blog

Entrance

Debbie says "ouch"

Tom at visitors center

Information about Organ Pipe Cactus

Tom looking at this organ pipe cactus

This is the 21 mile look we drove

Look at all the arms facing towards the sun

Organ Pipe Cactus

This is a growth that grows inside some of the Organ Pipe...

How many Organ Pipe Cactuses can you find?

Debbie

Look closely can you find the two arches?

This is their picnic shelter, roof is nothing but dead Ocotillo Cactus

This is the roof of the picnic shelter

Teddy Bear Cactus

Look at those spines

A lizard we saw while enjoying our picnic lunch

Drove down to the Mexico Border about 3 miles from the monument

The town of "Why"

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church


Today we took off from our camping group and took a day trip to see this wonderful park. It was amazing. So many different types of cactus all in one park. We took the 21 mile dirt road loop around the park. It was fantastic.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is the only place in the United States to see large stands of organ pipe cacti, though their range extends far south into Mexico. The organ pipe cactus is a wonderful example of the adaptations that cacti need to flourish in the Sonoran Desert.

Most organ pipe cactus will grow without a “nurse tree” in totally unprotected areas. It is a warmth loving species that can be found on south facing rocky slopes in the monument.




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