"Winter in the desert" Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Favorite Tip by PA2AKgirl


Favorite thing: I've visited when it was almost summer and then in the middle of winter. Guess which is better? Winters are beautiful here and for that reason, most people visit then. However, this isn't a lot of people ever, so don't try to plan your visit to avoid the crowds. There aren't any. Granted, late spring brings more blossoms and flowers from the cactus, but how will you enjoy that if you're having a heat stroke? There aren't too many programs offered at this time either. In the winter, you can hike without worrying about super dehydration, enjoy yourself more, camp (it does get chilly at night, though) and attend programs given by staff at the Park. Even though the days are shorter, you're able to enjoy more of the day as a whole whereas in the summer, you are limited to when you can hike (very early morning or late evening).

Fondest memory: Coming from an area that was having snow and an ice storm, getting to Organ Pipe was a wonderful getaway. It was miserable in the northeast US and cold where we were going (Alaska). At Organ Pipe, it was clear, sunny and comfortable. Absolutely beautiful in the winter:)

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 9, 2006
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