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south-southwest road trip! ~ Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

March 20, 2012

During the holiday break between Christmas and New Years we headed out on a nine day roadtrip through Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas… an area we call the south-southwest!  We knew by hugging the border of our neighbor to the south, Mexico, that we’d enjoy sunny warm weather during our winter adventure.  The first stop in our trip was the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  The southwest deserts are full of  different cacti both large and small, but the organ pipe cactus is a pretty unique creature in that it grows almost exclusively on Mexico’s side of the Sonoran Desert.  The National Monument hugs the border and protects these beautiful sea-creature looking cacti, as well as the iconic saguaros and numerous types of chola cacti as well. Not many people drive the lonely road from Gila Bend, Arizona to check out the landscape (most are crossing the border into Mexico) so we had the dirt roads and trails of the park almost exclusively to ourselves.  Organ Pipe Cactus NM was amazing and even though it was the first stop of many it remained one of our favorite of the entire trip.


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