"GIANT SAGUARO" Top 5 Page for this destination Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Things to Do Tip by mtncorg

  Giant saguaros rise above the succulent garden
by mtncorg

Saguaros are probably the most symbollic elements of a Sonoran desert. Water is stored within inner pulp protected by a thickened waxy outer skin and countless spikes. They are very slow growing, not bearing fruit or flowering til about 30 years of age. The branches don't begin until 75 years. They are very important in both the life of native birds and animals, but the local peoples, as well. The Tohono O'odams - whose reservation is just on the eastside of the Park - heralded the beginning of a new year when they harvest its fruits in June.

Address: OPNM, 10 Organ Pipe Drive, Ajo, AZ 85321-9626
Directions: From the NORTH: follow AZ Hwy 85 through Ajo and Why. The Monument is 22 miles
south of Why. From the EAST: follow AZ Hwy 86 to Why, then turn south on AZ Hwy 85. From the WEST: follow I-8 to Gila Bend or I-10 to Buckeye, then turn south on AZ Hwy 85.

Phone: 520-387-6849
Website: http://www.nps.gov/orpi/

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  • Updated Nov 8, 2003
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