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La Siesta Motel in Ajo: Motels and Hotels
There are no motels or hotels in the park. I stayed at the La Siesta Motel in Ajo. There are no chain hotels in town so you have to stay at an independent motel in Ajo. That is sometimes really taking a chance. I have stayed in a number of independent motels that were substandard; and sometimes been pleasantly surprised. La Siesta is one of the latter. It looked better outside than most of the so I decided to give it a try. I was offered a "cabin", for a reasonable price. I drove around back and saw a row of cute little cabins with palm trees out front. I went inside and was impressed with the look. There was a small refrigerator and a microwave, cable TV, and Wi-Fi that unlike the motel I stayed at the night before actually worked. The desk clerk was very friendly and gave me some good suggestions for dinner. I liked the friendly little dog, too. If you are looking for a nice motel near Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, this is a very good choice. I paid $60 in December 2010.
There is an RV Campground on the property.
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Twin Peaks Campground: Desert Camping
If you want a bit more facility-wise with your camping, try thr Twin Peaks Campground near the Visitors Center. There you will find grills, tables, restrooms, an amphitheater and at least some of the sites are handicapped accessible. I did not stay here just wanted to let you know what is available.
The trailhead for the Desert View Trail, a scenic 1.5 mile loop is by the campground.
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Alamo Canyon Campground: Primitive Camping
There is a primitive campground where you can pitch your tent in Alamo Canyon. You reach it by driving 3 miles east down a dirt/gravel road from the main road. There is a nice hiking trail there too. I did not camp here just wanted to let you know what is here.
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Twin Peaks Campground: not the best place to pitch your tent
Though the Twin Peaks campground is open to tenters it is set up primarily for RV's. There is a row designated for tenting but since we were there during the off season it was closed off. The setting is pretty enough and surely in winter quite pleasant.
We had to set up in a fairly barren spot with no shade, something none too great in this hot harsh climate. The price was $12 for the night and one night was about all we could take in this heat!
There is a primitive campground called Alamo Canyon for tenters only but you have to bring in your own water supply and only pit toilets are provided. This was closed when we were there but probably a nicer experience than Twin Peaks when open. The price is only $8.
Back country camping is currently closed due to illegal border crossings and the danger that could bring to those camping in such gray areas.
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We stayed in tents under the stars for over a week here. It was wonderful...but expect to run into your typical desert animals--snakes, coyotes, lizards. Also, don't expect to sleep in. As soon as the sun comes up, the temperatures become almost unbearable.
The Alamo campground is not a developed campground at all...pit toliets, no water...and the other campground...the Twin Peaks has a little more to offer. From what I remember, you can have a fire in the grill, but can't collect any wood you might find. You probably won't want an additional source of hear anyway.
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GUEST HOUSE INN: Be a Guest of Phelps Dodge Corporation
You are really not a guest of the Phelp dodge Corporation now, since the company shut their huge copper operation down in 1985. This house was abandoned in 1988, but saved by the present owners, the Walker family - longtime Ajo residents. This B&B is a pleasant base for ventures into this region of southcentral Arizona. Ajo was a typical company town - everything revolved around the copper mine and the company that ran it. I t was a world unto itself. The mine is gone and like such places scattered throughout the American West, the town fights a constant battle with extinction. The closeness of the Park, the quaintness of the town's architecture - the town is an interesting destination in its own right - and the not too far distances from the metroplexes of Phoenix and Tucson, allow Ajo to survive.
As the name implies, this was the actual Guest House for visitors to the old mine. The rooms are very comfortable. A breakfast is set amongst flowers of all sorts and colors, frequented by a vast array of what seems to be every type and color of hummingbird known.
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For your information.: Various Motels
Although we camped, there are a variety of accommodations available in the small community of Ajo. Ajo is along highway 85 and is about 17 miles from the border of Organ Pipe, but it is actually about 34 miles to the Visitor Center which lies 17 miles inside the park boarder.
I have listed a few of the establishments that I have found some information on. Since I have not stayed in any of these I cannot give you first hand advice, but all are AAA recommended so they should at least be clean.
The Guest House Inn This is a bed and breakfast with 4 rooms available. This house was originally built in 1925 and rooms are decorated in the early Arizona style. At the rear of the house is a deck that will give you a view of the desert. This house is a one-story home with interior corridors. Address: 700 Guest House Drive, Ajo, Arizona 85321 Phone: 520-387-6133
La Siesta Motel This is a small motel with 11 rooms. In 2001 pets were allowed. This is a one-story establishment with outside entrances. It also has a tennis court. Address: 2561 N Ajo-Gila Bend(P.O. box 384) Hwy Ajo, Arizona 85321
Marine Motel In 2001 pets were allowed in this 21 room one story motel. Address: 1966 N 2nd Ave., Ajo, Arizona 85321 Phone: 520-387-7626
The Mine Manager's House Inn This is an historic bed and breakfast with five rooms. This house is a 1919 Craftsman House located on a hill overlooking the town. It is a one-story building with both interior and exterior corridors. Address: 601 W Greenway Dr., Ajo, Arizona 85321 Phone: 520-387-6505
The Organ Pipe Cactus park map also states that accommodations may be found in Lukeville--the Gringo Pass Campground also had a small motel. See my entry for this campground for additional information.
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Gringo Pass Campground: The Only Campground in Lukeville
Gringo Pass Campground is at the southern end of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, about 5 miles south of the Monument's campground. This is a private campground located in Lukeville on the Mexican boarder. It is just across the street from the small string of businesses, and next to the boarder-crossing checkpoint. This campground has full hook-ups and was quite inexpensive when we were there. At the time it was not too well managed, and we were warned by a feller camper who had been to Gringo Pass before to check out the electricity before setting up. We chose a spot, and found no difficulties with the electrical hook-up. It is not as pretty here as the campgrounds within the Monument, but you are only allowed to stay in the park for 14 days, and we wanted to remain in the area for at least another week. If you require full hook-ups this campground would be a wonderful one for you, as it is just outside the park, and within an easy walking distance to the only restaurant and shopping in the area. Most of the campers in the campground were transients, spending one night in Gringo Pass before crossing the Mexican boarder the next morning. A few were spending the winter here, because it was very economical, as well as convent to trips into Mexico and into Organ Pipe. When we were there the phone number was 520-387-6849. I recently found the address and phone for this campground on a web directory and it was listed as 602-254-9284
A small Mexican Restaurant is just across the street; a duty free store, also across the street will allow you to purchase items at Mexican prices, and you are only two miles away from a small Mexican community where you can purchase wonderful fresh produce and bakery products.
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Twin Peaks Campground: Headquarters Campground
This campground is a first come, first served campground with 208 sites. It is open all year and is very inexpensive. Located 34 miles south of Ajo on SR 85, this campground is located within the park and is surround with the beautiful desert habitat. If you can, try to get an outside site so that you can enjoy the large numbers of birds and other creatures in the area. This is a “dry campground” meaning there are no water hook-ups or showers. There are also no electrical or sewer hook-ups, so be prepared to be self-sufficient. You will find flush toilets and a dump station. The park campground has a 35’ limit and allows a 14-night maximum stay from January 15 through April 30. The ramainder of the year you may stay for up to 30 days. Address is: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Route 1, Box 100, Ajo, AZ 85321-9626
From the campground you may enjoy a 2.6-mile round trip hike along the Palo Verde Trail to the visitor center. The 1-mile Campground Perimeter Loop and the 1-mile Desert View Loop trails are also found at the campground. This campground is a wonderful place to just sit and observe birds. We observed gambles quail, curved bill thrushers, black throated sparrows, cardinal, flickers, gila woodpeckers, doves, roadrunners, and cactus wrens. We also enjoyed watching the yuma antelope squirrels, and saw a coyote right behind our camper one evening.
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