Organ Pipe Cactus NM

Enjoy these glimpses of a thriving community of plants & animals, and the human stories that echo throughout this Sonoran Desert preserve.

Snakes and other small animals can be very difficult to see on roads, especially at night. Slow down and be watchful to maybe see something neat and spare an amazing life.
As the annuals subside we're left with the dramatic blooms of cacti. It's amazing that something so beautiful comes from something so imposing. #spring #flowers
Desert Iguanas are particularly partial to the flowers of creosote bushes, making this time of year great for watching them.
Sometimes it is a matter of being at the right place at the right time. This gopher snake was on and off the trail before anyone else could have seen it. #enjoythemoment
Dramatic figures and unexpected colors. Little competes with spring in the Sonoran Desert. Have you been able to get out and enjoy the cacti among the wildflowers?
It is amazing how some of the most beautiful of things exist in the most desolate of places. Ajo lilies prefer to grow in sandy flats where little else will.
Did you know the Sonoran Desert host's the largest toad in the US? This Sonoran Desert Toad was easily six inches long. #biodiversity
Life as a park ranger can be pretty exciting when the neighbors come to visit! 🐍
Chuckwalla are so well adapted to living on dark rocks that they can expand their bodies to defensively wedge themselves in cracks. Not that we would try to disturb them. 😉
The spring bloom continues with some of our earliest blooming cacti, including this Buckhorn Cholla.
Scuttle scuttle. Scorpions will often post at a spot of concentrated insect activity but won't hesitate to move if threatened.
Arizona Bark Scorpions glow under shine of a UV light. It isn't entirely certain why, but it does make a hike in the dark a little spicier! Bark Scorpions are the most venomous scorpions in the area after all.
Is this sassy looking saguaro anyone's spirit cactus? Those arms sagged during times of hardship but their turn upward shows that times have gotten better. #findyourcactus #findyourpark
The learning is strong with these ones! Despite the warming temps we're still enjoying the splendor of the Sonoran through our Ranger Programs! Check the newspaper and the Visitor Center for program schedules!
#tbt Could you imagine ranching in a place with only 10 inches of rain and every plant being so prickly?!
Globemallow are sometimes known as the "sore-eye poppy" by those humans wanting to reach in and caress their flowers. Tiny hairs protect their delicate foliage is a shield of irritation. #wildflowers
The harshness of the desert's year round residents juxtaposes well off those that are only here for a short time.
Cacti aren't the only evening bloomers in the monument. While most annuals close up for the night, Evening Primroses monopolize hungry moths right now.
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