Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Riding Tour/Veterans Back 40 Adventure

We will meet in Buckeye, AZ then proceed the scenic way to Ajo, AZ. We will take a slow paced scenic tour of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Roads on the Monument are a combination of paved and gravel with some short rocky and sandy sections. This ride is intended for intermediate riders on full sized adventure motorcycles. Rider are responsible for their own expenses and to bring their own lunch. No cooking will be permitted on this trip but we will stop to eat near lunchtime. Ride time on the monument is anticipated at 3-4 hours but may be adjusted widely. Riders should be self sufficient and equipped to make their own minor repairs such as flat tires. After the tour is complete we will return to Buckeye.

Event Details: This will be a single day ride to explore the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a U.S. national monument and UNESCO biosphere reserve located in extreme southern Arizona that shares a border with the Mexican state of Sonora. The park is the only place in the United States where the organ pipe cactus grows wild. Along with organ pipe, many other types of cacti and other desert flora native to the Yuma Desert section of the Sonoran Desert region grow in the park. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is 517 sq mi (1,340 km2) in size. In 1976 the monument was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and in 1977 95% of Organ Pipe Cactus was declared a wilderness area.

Land for the Monument was donated by the Arizona state legislature to the federal government during Prohibition knowing that the north–south road would be improved and make contraband alcohol easier to import from Mexico. In 1937 the land was officially opened as a national monument.

At the north entrance of the park is the unincorporated community of Why, Arizona; the town of Lukeville, Arizona at the park’s southern border is a border crossing point to Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is bordered to the northwest by Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and to the east by the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation.

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