Warm desert discoveries await visitors at this lesser-known preserve along Arizona’s southern border.
By Maggie Kielpinski
Transparent and intangible as sunlight, yet always and everywhere present, the desert lures a man on and on, from the red-walled canyon to the smoke-blue ranges beyond, in a futile but fascinating quest for the great, unimaginable treasure which the desert seems to promise. Once caught by this golden lure you become a prospector for life. — Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season In The Wilderness
She glories of desert treasure described by famed environmentalist Edward Abbey in his 1968 book are part of the reason Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is worthy of exploration. Mr. Abbey spent part of the 1960s serving as a park ranger at the national monument.