Organ Pipe Cactus

I recently visited Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  It was a very interesting side trip for me.

I stopped at the visitor center upon arrival and purchased my senior pass.  That pass gives me free access to most national Parks and Monuments.  That pass costs me $10.00 and the access I got that day that would have cost me $2.00 and I got 4 gallons of drinking water for free that would have cost me a dollar.  So, I saved $3.00 of the $10.00 that the pass cost me in just that one day. If I had wanted to camp there I could have saved half that fee. the normal fee is $8 per night. If I had stayed two nights my pass would have been more than paid for. HAHA.

I decided to take a 21 mile driving tour that was listed as a 2 hour trip.  I spent over 3 hours on the tour and could have spent most of the day.

This is the welcome sign upon first entering the national monument. This is just past a Border Patrol check point for those going the other way..dsc04741

This picture is of first entering the driving tour. The tour goes into those mountains in the background.dsc04742

Some beautiful scenery.dsc04744

Not all of the landscape is flat. Notice the Organ Pipe cactus.dsc04758

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Can you see the double arches at the top? This picture doesn’t show it well, but those two arches are complete, one above the other.dsc04763

This desert has some water in it as well.  This picture actually shows a waterfall back in the rocks.  It appears just as a white streak in the middle of the picture.dsc04767

This is the view as I was looking back, coming to the completion of my driving tour.dsc04774

I thought this was a very interesting cactus.  It is a “chain fruit” cholla cactus.dsc04774

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I enjoyed the trip very much and could return to to take a different driving tour.

 

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