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Relatively easy access from main road for most any vehicle, just take it slow and watch for ruts, especially after a rain.
There are many cool places to pull off and camp, but stay on established open spaces, we saw little baby things trying to grow all over the place so don’t squash them. We arrived on a Wednesday, and it was peaceful and quiet and serene until that Friday, when a group of guffawing dude-bros took up camp across the road from us. Voices carry here, especially this type of voice. The ranger drove down Pipeline Rd in a truck to check on things several times, something I always appreciate.
You can hear road noise the closer you are to the main road (W Avra Valley Rd), especially trucks driving to and from the quarry, which can sound like thunder. Beautiful landscape, saguaros everywhere, beautiful sunrise and sunset, very peaceful despite the truck noise. If we had a rig that could make it in further we would have camped further away from the road to minimize the noise. Pretty regular traffic going in and out on Pipeline Rd, campers and ATVers.
Free range cattle also in the area.
Good verizon and AT&T service.
Great dispersed camping 🏕. The farther from the highway, the better it gets.
This was a wonderfully refreshing stay in Early December. Reservations not required at this time, but are starting season on January 1st at recreation.gov. All sites were pull through and paved. This is a dry camp site, but there is access to get fresh water and there is a dump station that also has access to fill your fresh water tank.
For those interested in cellular access, I had T-Mobile LTE coming off Mexico tower. My plan includes Free Unlimited data in Mexico
While I have no complaints about this campground, it was nothing special either. As a tent camper, I was happy to have a few sites to pick from. There is a bit of cover between sites that almost gives the illusion of privacy, but ultimately I'd rather be somewhere much more secluded. Bathrooms were clean for how busy the campground was and the campground itself was kept up well. Picnic table, grill, and 'tent pad' at each site. Seem like it would be a good place for RV camping rather than tent camping.
This campground is a nice place to stay if you are wanting to hike and explore the park. The sunset we saw was magnificent, so definitely set aside time to find a place and marvel at the days end. Stargazing was also a fantastic activity here!
The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is such a unique place. It was nice to be able to camp near enough to amongst the interesting cactus and larger than life rocks. Definitely a park that it is fun to camp in, but I would suggest trying to get a more primitive, site in the Alamo campground if possible.
Clean park with full hookups. They sell propane and have a store, however they are rarely open. If you need propane you have to ring a large brass bell. If you need anything from the store, your better off driving into town. If you need to check in or out you have to call the camp host number listed on the door at the office/store.
BUT BEWARE: the owner is notorious for trying to slip additional charges on CC purchase, ie: $5 for toilet paper etc. so if you pay by credit card watch you statement closely. And if you call him out on it he WILL deny it.
Pinal county park and has no amenities so be prepared to dry camp. Price is $10/ day - day use is free. All but 1 or 2 site are pull thru with shade Ramada’s and picnic tables. County does a great job at keeping the gravels roads in the park well maintained, however during the rainy season be prepared for some washouts.
Sites are quite far apart from each other giving the feel of open space. There are some short hiking trails. Entire park is wedged between AZ 84 and I-8 but yet highway noise is very minimal. Approximately 15 min drive to Stanfield and 30 min to Maricopa or Casa Grande. I- 8 ramp is 1 mile west onAZ 84.
We stayed here one night over Veteran’s Day weekend and enjoyed the beautiful views, sunsets and the surprisingly cool 21-mile Ajo Mountain Drive.
- Great bathrooms, very clean!
- At off-season, it was nearly deserted. Very nice and quiet
- Nice Visitor’s Center
- Nice tent pad sites
- This campground is close to highway 85 and the traffic is ALWAYS audible
- No campfire rings; apparently you can have an off-ground fire pit but I saw nowhere online that that was an option
- Most campsites have zero shade. In the desert, this is a big deal for making it through the hot parts of the day, even in the fall/winter months
- In the off-season, many bathrooms were closed
The campsite is huge with dedicated RV sites as well as tent only drive in sites all surrounded by the desert and an amazing variety of Cacti. Several Bathrooms, a small library exchange and great hiking options, The loop hike around the campsite is especially worth it.
We feel like we found a jewel at Organ Pipe Monument. It was recommended by a fellow camper so we decided to try it out. The campground offers about 100 RV and 20 Tent only sites. It stits on a low hilltop with views of the surrounding area from many camp sites. The RV sites are level, paved and can accommodate large RVs. The sites are large and well groomed with paths to restrooms and water spigots. There are no utilities at the site but each has a table and barbeque. There are several trails leaving from the park. One highly used trail circles the entire campground providing the best views of sunrise or sunset. The cactus found in this part of the desert are amazing to see. We found something new to do everyday, the remains of a turn of the century ranch, a day trip into Mexico only a few miles south and many long and short hikes. We were there in the busy winter/spring months but found this park had space available on short notice. Too hot for us during the summer this is a great fall to spring retreat. All sites were good but we found those located near the north end of the row to be slightly larger with the best views. This park is located in a very senic desert that left plenty to explore on our next visit.