Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument with Kids

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Another spot we visited during Spring Break was the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. I read a lot of mixed reviews about this park, but we decided to make the drive from our campground in the Tucson area (about 2.5 hours) to see this park. The drive to the park had a couple of border checkpoints and was pretty desolate. We were there in March but the temperatures were still in the upper 80’s to low 90s.

My two older kids love to earn Junior Ranger badges when we visit National Parks and Monuments. They typically receive a booklet from a ranger and complete a certain number of activities in the booklet to get a badge.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus

There were a few picnic tables near the visitor center, and we ate lunch there. We also walked a short, paved trail that made a loop at the visitor center.


Most of the drives through the park are longer, and we didn’t want to coop the kids up in the car anymore. The ranger we talked to suggested a hiking trail that left from the group campground area. It was a shorter loop and it was an easy hike for younger kids. My daughter still got tired and hot on the short hike, but overall it was a good hike to see a lot of the Organ Pipe Cactus. If we didn’t have the kids along, we probably would have done more exploring.




If you’re in the area, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is probably worth a visit. I did enjoy the Arizona Desert Museum in Tucson a bit more and would suggest that for a desert experience with younger kids.

Organ Pipe National Monument

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