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Overview

Twin Peaks Campground is located in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona. The campground is named after the distinctive twin peaks of the Ajo Mountains that provide a dramatic backdrop. The Monument celebrates the life and landscape of the Sonoran Desert, including the unique organ pipe cactus after which the park is named.

Location

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 10 Organ Pipe Drive Ajo, AZ 85321

Twin Peaks Campground is situated within the park itself and is approximately 34 miles south of Ajo, Arizona, near the border with Mexico.

Campground Features

  • Campsites: Twin Peaks Campground has more than 200 tent and RV campsites, some of which are pull-through sites for larger vehicles.
  • Amenities: The campground offers restrooms with flush toilets and running water, solar-powered showers, picnic tables, grills, and a dump station for RVs.
  • Accessibility: There are ADA-accessible sites and facilities available.
  • Group Camping: There is a separate area designed for group camping, accommodating larger parties.
  • RV Length: There are length restrictions for RVs and trailers, usually around 35 feet, but it's best to check the latest guidelines.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Reservations can be made online, typically through the Recreation.gov website or by phone.
  • Fees: There are nightly fees for camping, which vary depending on the type and size of your camping unit; these fees are subject to change, so it is wise to check current rates.
  • Passes: Visitors might also need to pay an entrance fee to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument unless they hold an America the Beautiful Pass or other qualifying national parks pass.

Activities and Points of Interest

  • Hiking: There are numerous trails for hiking, ranging from easy nature walks to challenging backcountry treks offering opportunities to see the unique flora and fauna of the desert.
  • Wildlife Watching: The area is home to diverse wildlife, including desert bighorn sheep, coyotes, and a variety of bird species.
  • Stargazing: Designated as an International Dark Sky Park, it's an excellent spot for stargazing.
  • Ranger Programs: The park offers ranger-led programs, which can include guided hikes, talks, and evening programs at the campground amphitheater.
  • Visitor Center: A visit to the Kris Eggle Visitor Center provides insights into the area's natural and cultural history, complete with exhibits and a bookstore.

Weather and Best Time to Visit

  • Weather: The climate is typically hot and arid. Summers can be extremely hot with temperatures over 100°F, while winters are cooler and more pleasant.
  • Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from November to April when temperatures are cooler.

Safety and Regulations

  • Wildlife: It's crucial to be cautious of wildlife, such as snakes and scorpions, which can be more active at night.
  • Water: Carry plenty of water with you, as the desert climate can lead to dehydration quickly.
  • Border Proximity: Due to the campground's proximity to the Mexico border, be aware of border patrol checkpoints and regulations regarding crossing international borders.
  • Leave No Trace: Campers are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the environment.

Accessibility

For visitors with disabilities, there are designated accessible sites and facilities. However, due to the natural terrain of the park, some areas may not be easily accessible. It's recommended to contact the park directly for specific accommodation details and assistance.

Contact Information and Resources

For more information and to make reservations:

It's advisable to check the latest information before planning your trip, as conditions and regulations can change.

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