Named for its signature cactus—arms rising up from its squat base, resembling the pipes of a church organ—Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument attracts hikers and birdwatchers from around the Southwest.
The 3-mile Estes Canyon hike leads visitors through a desert valley across several washes. Combine it with the slightly more strenuous Bull Pasture offshoot that rises hundreds of feet up several switchbacks and offers great views of Mexico. If you’re looking for an easier stroll, the aptly named Desert View Trail is an easy 1.2 miles and offers vistas that are perfect at both sunrise and sunset.
How to Get There By RV
State Route 85 takes you to the northern entrance of the national monument. Expect a heavy U.S. Border Control presence. Some roads leading into or out of Mexico may be closed; consult the park’s website before visiting.
Where to Stay
The Twin Peaks Campground offers nearly 200 RV-only, well-spaced sites. No hookups, but the restrooms have running water and solar showers.
Located about 30 minutes away from the national monument, Gunsight Wash Dispersed Camping offers great views in a quiet, convenient location.