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Organ Pipe Cactus Wilderness

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Area Management

The Organ Pipe Cactus Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Organ Pipe Cactus Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.


-- Unless otherwise specified, no motorized equipment or mechanical transport, with the exception of wheelchairs, is allowed.

-- Pets are not allowed in the wilderness. Certified service animals are always welcome. Please check in with the visitor center before entering the wilderness. Temperatures can soar well above 110 degrees in the summer time, and over 90 degrees even in the winter. Make sure your service animal has enough water to keep them well hydrated and cool. Watch for cholla along roads and trails. Carry tweezers to pull spines out of paws and noses. Pavement and rocks get very hot and will burn paws.


-- Permits are required for overnight camping at Alamo Primitive Campground and for backcountry camping. Permits for Alamo Canyon Primitive Campground are available at the self-registration station at the campground. Backcountry permits can only be obtained in person at the Kris Eggle Visitor Center.

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