The stars here seem to multiply the longer you look at the night sky. And the silence is almost complete—at least until you gradually realize a Border Patrol helicopter is approaching! Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument adjoins the Mexican border in south central Arizona. It is a long way from anywhere and smack-dab in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. We loved it here.
Organ Pipe is one of those places we’ve long wanted to visit, and it has not disappointed. The Sonoran Desert is full of life, including quite a few species found nowhere else on this planet. We’ve wandered through forests of giant Saguaro, arms seemingly raised in greeting. The monument’s namesake cactus, the Organ Pipe, with multiple stems straining skyward, are found only here in the US, though they are more common down Mexico way.