Organ Pipe Cactus in its namesake National Monument
Perhaps not as spectacular as the nearby Saguaro National Park, the Organ Pipe Cactus NM is well worth a visit and is practically the only place in the US where you can see these distinctive cacti - and a lot of interesting birds, mammals, insects and reptiles.
''Stenocereus thurberi'', the organpipe cactus, is a species of cactus native to Mexico and the United States. The species is found in rocky desert. Two subspecies are recognized based on their distribution and height. The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is named for the species.
Its English common name is derived from its resemblance to a pipe organ. It is locally known as ''pitaya dulce'', Spanish for "sweet pitaya" or sweet cactus fruit.