Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Off The Beaten Path

  • Purchasing fresh caught fish and shrimp.
    Purchasing fresh caught fish and shrimp.
    by KimberlyAnn
  • what is she looking at--probably a lonesome bird
    what is she looking at--probably a...
    by zrim
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by PA2AKgirl

Most Recent Off The Beaten Path in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo

    Puerto Penasco, Mexico

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Purchasing fresh caught fish and shrimp.

    Puerto Penasco, which is along the Sea of Cortez, is 62 miles south Lukeville, AZ. This town has an area devoted to selling goods to Americans and other tourists. This area has a lot of low quality trinkets, as well as Mexican silver of varying qualities, and quality items such as some of the carved ironwood, which can be very nice. The rule is to bargain, and generally you should start your bid at about half the actual asking price. One really great buy in this town is fresh caught seafood, as there are many shrimp and fishing boats operating on the gulf. There are a string of small venders lined up on one street with fresh seafood from the days catch in coolers of ice. In the area of the town not devoted to the tourist, you will find everything from small, neat houses to tiny rundown shanties. The side roads off of the main road are dirt, and lined with this range of homes. Some were so rundown that I wondered how anyone could live in them, yet children walking up the dirt streets with book-bags and pet dogs roaming around told otherwise. In Puerto Penasco we sat along the Sea of Cortez, also known as the California Gulf and listen to the rhythm of the waves washing onto the beach, and ate raw oysters fresh caught in the Gulf, and shrimp tostado, for lunch. Later in the day we went to the Lighthouse for dinner. This restaurant is high above the town overlooking the California Gulf. Here we had a nice meal of cream of bell pepper soup and coconut shrimp. At the end of our meal we watched the sun set across the sea, dipping down and sending pinks and golds radiating outward, washing the horizon in beautiful pastels. U.S. Customs officials in Lukeville can help you with information on tourist cards, car permits, insurance, and other information you may need before crossing the border.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • PA2AKgirl's Profile Photo

    Hiking Trails

    by PA2AKgirl Written Oct 9, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There are normally 2 main drives you can do in the park (other than the road through the park) and spurring off of these are numerous hikes. They range from well marked to backcountry. Certain hikes require you to have a very good map of the region and a compass because there isn't a marked trail here. If you're planning on exploring the area in depth, you can camp, too. While you may not see wildlife on the drives, you're likely to see snakes, gila monsters, scorpions and other desert creatures on the hikes. They can be difficult and you have to take your own supplies with you--there's nothing out here. Some of the easier hikes allow for you to park your car right off the road and set out for as little or as long as you want. I didn't find any good trail maps of the Park Service website, but you can get them there. If you're planning on doing the backcountry thing, you do need to get a permit. This is so they know where you are and know where to send help if you need it.

    Related to:
    • Desert
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo

    Sonoyta, Mexico

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Oct 27, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is the first Mexican Town after you cross over the border from Lukeville, Arizona. This is a "real" Mexican town that is not based on tourism at all and is only two miles across the border. Be aware that many people here do not speak English. We looked in some of the shops, and were amazed at the beautiful furniture and large pottery that we found in one of the stores. We also purchased some wonderful warm, freshly made right out of the oven soft flour tortillas from a shop, which sold nothing but tortillas. You can find fresh produce and wonderful fresh baked Mexican rolls and breads. In the bakery where we purchased the baked goods the only English spoken was the price, which was very inexpensive.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • zrim's Profile Photo

    As lonely as it gets

    by zrim Updated Mar 29, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    what is she looking at--probably a lonesome bird

    I cannot think of a lonelier place in the continental U.S. There is nothing in any direction for 140 miles. The whole place is off the beaten path. There is no one out here to beat paths....except maybe the coyotes.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park
    • Desert

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

64 travelers online now

Comments

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Off The Beaten Path

Reviews and photos of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument off the beaten path posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument sightseeing.

View all Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument hotels