Alamo Canyon – Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – March 14th, 2014
After spending the morning on a Ranger Guided Tour of Quitobaquito (check out http://hikearizona.com/photoset=29233 ), I thought I’d make the quick drive over to secluded Alamo Canyon to enjoy a quiet lunch (check out HAZ hike description http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1368 ). To my surprise, I encountered multiple vehicles on the access road and when I arrived at the trail head, I discovered that all 4 of the primitive camping sites (check out http://www.nps.gov/orpi/planyourvisit/alamo-canyon.htm ) were occupied. I’ve visited Alamo Canyon multiple times and it’s been rare for me to see other people, let alone have a full primitive campground!
After I snapped a couple of quick images, one of the primitive campsites became empty. I wheeled my F-150 into the site to use the picnic table to make some lunch and jot a few notes on my iPad from the Quitobaquito trek. I noticed the people in the next site were on the Quitobaquito trek with me and struck up a conversation. Turns out one of them is a reporter from the LA Times and is writing an article about border park safety.
After a relaxing lunch I leisurely hike Alamo Canyon looking for some prospects I noted on a Topo map. Nothing exciting to report. Alamo Canyon was totally dry – another first as there always seemed to be water up near the corral and confluence.
I expected to see water in the usual spots with some choice wildflowers. Looks like I was a couple of weeks too late...
Nice to be able to get the unexpected “offer” to hitch a ride to Quitobaquito and wrap it up with some exploring of mining and ranching relics in and about Alamo Canyon.
85 images on iPhone 4S
61 images on Canon Rebel XT
16 images on Canon 7D
127 images on Canon 6D
289 TOTAL IMAGES
298 TOTAL MILES RETURN ON F-150