Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument - Bull Pasture/Estes Canyon
I’ll be honest, I never pay much attention to National Monuments that has been a capital “M’ Mistake. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument made that astoundingly clear and now I feel like a proper idiot and am regretting all my missed hiking opportunities.
This park is the only place in the United States where the organ pipe cactus grows wild. These plants can live up to over 150 years and flower in May and June. I’ll have to make a return visit to see that!
After going through a couple of border patrol stations, we drove the loop road until we reached the trailhead for Bull Pasture/Estes Trail. This 3.9 mile loop trail gives you both incredible views towards the Mexican border and an up close view of the local plant life as you descend into the canyon.
The wildflowers and other flora were gorgeous and I am still used to how different everything is from the Pacific Northwest. The lack of green makes the color that does appear so much more special.