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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 11
Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $16.00
Nice campground with all pull-through sites for RVs up to 40 feet. Level and large cement pads are great with decent space between sites. Designated no-generator and generator use zones as well as tent only zones. Highway 85 can be heard from campground though throughout the daytime hours. Nice walking trail around campground and another to visitor centre. If you're a dog owner these are only two immediate trails where dogs are permitted. Washrooms cleaned once daily and shower stall available only in three washrooms. Evening programs by rangers are worthwhile. Free wifi at visitor centre and day programs as well. Sign-up shuttle tours available leaving from campground. We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.
Aho Mountain drive is a beautiful 21 mile drive with great views. Alamo Canyon was a disappointment as there is no parking at end of three mile drive to trailhead. Hwy 85 is nuts at 65 MPH through a National Monument with thick desert growth up to road edge, signed wildlife corridors, and weekend warriors enroute to Mexico.
Review Count: 157
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 28
Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $8.00
We were here in 2014 at the same time of year. This Park has become much more popular. There was still plenty of room in the CG but it seemed more sites were filled. One of the reasons this place as become more crowded is they got a new superintendent who has opened up the whole Park. Most of it was closed in early 2014. Note on the rate it was on the Federal Geezer card. The solar showers were not ice cold. They had good pressure and felt great after a day out tromping around in the desert. These CG were built in 1938 and they were built with foresight. We were in one of the shorter sites and you could fit a 45' coach and a normal size Toad without any problem. The only issue I had was with the slope of the site. We have a 36' coach and height difference was 7.5" between center of front and rear axles and 2' from the front step to the ground. We have an air bag suspension and it maxed out but did level. I ended up putting 3" of lift under the front tires to make life easier. The generator hours are 8-10 am and 4-6 pm. Unless the temps are in the 90's and they will let you run them during the day also. They have water and dump site (2) and the water doesn't taste too bad, better than some we have had in Ajo. They don't have a fire ring but do have a bbq grill. The staff is friendly and the place is spotless. We'll be back. We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.
The new super has increased the number of Ranger talks and he even gives talks once a week. Each day of the week there are 4-5 talks on different subjects everyday from morning until night. He has also opened the whole park and all major roads in the park that had been closed from 2002 - 2014. The hiking, the desert, the place is incredible.
Review Count: 135
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 73
Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $16.00
This is a pretty huge campground but it was surprisingly nearly full the weekend we visited in February 2017. It looks and feels new and clean, from the long concrete parking pads to the dump/fill station. Sites have lots of trees, cactus, and shrubs but it is the desert so there isn't much privacy. The generator hours are a good compromise... just two hours in the morning and two in the evening gives enough time to recharge batteries without disturbing the silence during the whole day. Although the sites in our area said they're for "up to 40-foot RV" you could easily fit a 45 foot motorhome with tow car in the sites. Sites are sloped downward so we had to put a couple blocks under our front tires to get level. There are a couple of dog-friendly trails near the campground, plus the Alamo Canyon trail (about 7 miles away) is also dog-friendly starting this year. There are lots of ranger programs and we enjoyed the ranger-led hike we attended. Our Verizon had strong signal and fast data. AT&T had strong phone signal but no data. Overall we were very impressed with this National Monument campground! We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $8.00
I stayed for 3 nights in the non-generator section. If you dislike generator noise as much as I do, you'll want to get as close to the tent section as possible. They have a presentation from one of the rangers nearly every night. I didn't try the solar shower, because it was cold and not a lot of sun at the time. All in all, this is one of the nicest "primitive" campgrounds I've stayed at. I only knocked off a point because of some minor leveling problems. We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.
I did have cell service, but no data, at my campsite. Wi-fi is available at the visitor center. Dogs are allowed on a couple trails around the campground, including the one to the visitor center. This is the best place to base from when visiting the National Park.
Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $8.00
I always look at campgrounds in Google satellite view, but sat view does not do this park justice. It looks like a huge flat parking lot, but it is somewhat hilly, and there are enough Ocotillo, Saguaro, and Organ Pipe Cactus to provide at least some privacy and make each site unique and interesting. The tent sites are gravel, but all RV sites are pull-through flat concrete. Each has a table and grill, but no fire rings/pits, since ground fires are not allowed. The outermost row is for tents only, then 3 no-generator rows. If avoiding the 4-6 PM generator noise is important, ask for the farthest row from generators. (Sound carries here, so generators can be very annoying, especially when one just wants to sit quietly and watch the sunset.) The surrounding mountains and hills are beautiful, especially when illuminated by the setting sun. The east side of the park has great views of the valley and mountains behind, so the perimeter sites (east end of each row) are popular. The perimeter sites on the west end will have unobstructed sunset views, but the clear desert sky at sunset isn't as impressive as the eastern mountains reflecting the setting sunlight, so we prefer the east end. This place is a star gazers paradise, but the bathroom lights are pretty bright, so keep that in mind when selecting a site. The campground is only five miles from the Mexican border, and while there are posted signs warning of smugglers and illegal immigrants, the rangers we talked to said there is never a problem for campers, and the strong Border Patrol presence keeps things in check. The staff here are very friendly and helpful. Verizon signal is strong. Provision before heading down, as there is nothing nearby! We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.
If you don't read the Park literature, you'll wonder why some people leave their vehicle hoods open at night. Nocturnal Desert Pack Rats can do tremendous damage to engine components. They want dark, enclosed spaces to nest, so an open hood discourages them.
Review Count: 18
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $8.00
This is one of the nicest national parks we have stayed at, for many reasons. The campsite layout is great (rows of pull-through), and each campsite has native plants surrounding the site (warning: be careful with pets due to cacti). There is a dump station with potable water. There are solar showers that did not warm up as of noon on the sunny day I tried to use it. Camp host was very friendly and introduced himself, which is always nice. This campground did not have one piece of trash. It is primitive and is divided into generator and no-generator sites. Felt very safe although five miles from the border. We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 153
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 51
Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $8.00
This is a beautiful campground in the middle of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The Sonoran desert landscape is breathtaking. If you look at the map of the campground it looks awful, like just a big parking lot. But it's MUCH nicer than it would appear on paper. Like most national sites, there are no hookups or wi-fi, although we did get two bars on Verizon, enough to use data. There are three sections: generator friendly, no generators, and tent sites. We stayed in the generator section and everyone obeyed the running times of 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. The sites are all pull throughs with a concrete pad. Most should be long enough for all but the largest big rigs. There are no reservations but it supposedly "never fills up". Still, I would have an alternative in mind if I had a really big rig because there's no guarantee one of THOSE will be available. Not all sites are totally level either. We had to try a couple before we found one that worked without using blocks. There is a nice amount of space between the sites and plenty of desert foliage to give a nice feeling of privacy. There are six restroom buildings, three with showers. The one by us was very nice, clean, bright, and modern. Didn't use the shower, but it too looked very nice. It's a "solar heated" shower, though, so you better use it during the day in order to be sure there'll be hot water. There is water and a dump station available. There is a nice hiking trail all around the campground and lots of other trails and two scenic drives in the monument. Gas and a convenience store are available in Lukeville, 5 miles away, but I suggest you stock up on whatever you need in Ajo unless you are planning on crossing the border into Mexico. Loved this place and would definitely come back again. We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Truck Camper.
Review Count: 66
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 12
Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $16.00
Great place for hikes, tours and taking in the star filled nights. Shame we couldn't get into the non generator sites, due to our rig size as the noise spoiled the fact that you are in a National Monument (park). We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.
Great hikes, star gazing.
Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $29.00
Wow what a gem. No hookups and very restrictive generator hours. A place to get away from it all and spend a few days reflecting and contemplating. Lot spacing was spacious with a sunny/open exposure. Site surface was a concrete pad and features a picnic table. We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.
Wonderful hiking trails.
Review Count: 132
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 25
Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $16.00
As others have said this is a very nice park. You can tell that it is newer than other National Park Campgrounds. The trails around the campground are well marked and in the easy category. The sites are a little tight to get into but still give you enough space to relax in.
We tried to take a shower after the sun went down but got nothing but cold water. Should have tried earlier in the day.
Park staff was very friendly and helpful. It would be great to come back during their high camping season to get the full effect of the desert campground. We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.
Organ Pipe Cactus visitor center walk was very good.
Review Count: 79
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 22
Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $6.00
This is a wonderful park for hiking, solitude, quiet and experiencing the Sonoran desert. The sites are generally very large and fairly private, most are pull-throughs. Many good hiking trials leave right from the campground and the rangers offer free hiker shuttles to trail heads that allow you to hike back to the campground and experience real desert solitude. My only complaint is that when we arrived, we asked for a perimeter site, but were told there weren't any available that would fit our 31-foot RV. When we arrived at our site, it was not that great and there were plenty of large perimeter sites empty around us. I didn't bother to go ask for a change, but I felt that they could have accommodated us better. My advice is to arrive after 4 and pick your own site. We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 22
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 8
Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $6.00
This park is very beautiful, a pleasure to visit, with extensive hiking trails, and wonderful informative presentations by Rangers. More of the park has been reopened, and we felt very safe there; even on hiking trails. Our site was spacious, with a cement pad, cement patio, picnic table, and barbecue. The showers and restrooms were so clean, although the shower water is solar heated - so be ready for a cool shower. The Rangers were very friendly and helpful. We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.
The gift shop in the welcome center is excellent
Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4
Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $12.00
A wonderful place. Dry unserviced sites but potable water and dump station available. Paved roadways and concrete pads nestled among 100+ year old Saguaro and Organ Pipe Cactus. Campground info says 40 ft limit but our 43 ft RV and TOAD (61-ft total length) had lots of parking and driving space. We loved, loved, loved this campground. We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.
Some of the park's scenic backroads say they are for high ground clearance vehicles only but they were fine for our '08 Honda CR-V. Drive both the east and west loops and take a picnic basket along as you'll enjoy them and spend the whole day.
Review Count: 128
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 64
Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $6.00
$6 per night including tax was the Golden Age passport rate for a night. There are water spigots throughout the campground as well as a two-lane dump station. The primitive site included a level concrete parking pad with a small patio area. There was also a pedestal BBQ unit and picnic table on each site. The generous-sized-for-National Park Service-campground site was surrounded by an area of sand and rocks with beautiful desert vegetation. Sites were large enough to allow for slide-outs, awnings, and the parking of a second vehicle. Roads throughout the campground are paved. There were many hummingbirds, curve-billed thrashers, black-throated sparrows, Gambel's quail, and butterflies flitting around the campground. Our site had a 360° view of the surrounding cactus-filled desert and mountains. This campground is located five miles north of the Mexican border and miles away from all conveniences-it's very quiet at all times and dark at night. Generator use was limited to two two-hour periods-8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. There are solar showers at three of the restrooms. All the facilities were in immaculate condition. The monument area offers plenty of outdoor activities including scenic driving loops, hiking, biking, and picnicking. AT&T service was three bars of 2G and Verizon service were three - four bars of 4G LTE. There was no over-the-air TV. We received one English speaking radio station and several Mexican stations. We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 300
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 63
Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $6.00
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount. Nice, nice, nice. This is an unusually nice campground for a National Park Service campground. The roads in the campground are paved, but the sites are wonderfully level concrete. Nice! There are no hookups. There is fresh water at the dump station and a few water spigots throughout the campground, but it is best and easiest to get water at the dump. The generator hours are very restrictive at 8 util 10 and 4 until 6, either good or bad depending on your point of view. There are solar showers in the restrooms. It is a busy campground, but the sites are well-spaced. They do not take reservations, but the campground was never more than half-full during our almost two-week stay. There is an entrance booth, which was staffed about half of the time during our visit, where they will assign a few site, but they will let you change it if you don't like the assigned site. We were very surprised to find that we got very strong Verizon 4G data and, of course, voice. Satellite was not a problem since there are no trees. The really good news is that the new superintendent has opened the entire park. Previously a large part of the park was closed because of the fear of the illegals coming across the Mexico border. We drove and hiked though out the park with no problems. We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.
There is a great grocery in Ajo, about 30 miles away.
Aho Mountain drive is a beautiful 21 mile drive with great views. Alamo Canyon was a disappointment as there is no parking at end of three mile drive to trailhead. Hwy 85 is nuts at 65 MPH through a National Monument with thick desert growth up to road edge, signed wildlife corridors, and weekend warriors enroute to Mexico.Sasquatchewan • March 2017
The new super has increased the number of Ranger talks and he even gives talks once a week. Each day of the week there are 4-5 talks on different subjects everyday from morning until night. He has also opened the whole park and all major roads in the park that had been closed from 2002 - 2014. The hiking, the desert, the place is incredible.pumper9x9 • February 2017
If you don't read the Park literature, you'll wonder why some people leave their vehicle hoods open at night. Nocturnal Desert Pack Rats can do tremendous damage to engine components. They want dark, enclosed spaces to nest, so an open hood discourages them.Libre RV • January 2017
I did have cell service, but no data, at my campsite. Wi-fi is available at the visitor center. Dogs are allowed on a couple trails around the campground, including the one to the visitor center. This is the best place to base from when visiting the National Park.Rover Travels • January 2017
Wonderful hiking trails.BigGene • April 2016
Great hikes, star gazing.John WD Smith • February 2016
Organ Pipe Cactus visitor center walk was very good.John Borajkiewicz • December 2015
Some of the park's scenic backroads say they are for high ground clearance vehicles only but they were fine for our '08 Honda CR-V. Drive both the east and west loops and take a picnic basket along as you'll enjoy them and spend the whole day.Ron_H • March 2015
The gift shop in the welcome center is excellentAtnt Life Grand • February 2015
There is a great grocery in Ajo, about 30 miles away.TheJim • February 2015
Ajo, about 40 miles north, is an attractive town with banks, post office and shopping. The Olsen's IGA market has everything you would find in most supermarkets and an Ace hardware store attached. Beautiful old churches built in the Mexican style, adobe storefronts, restaurants.mockturtle • December 2014
Good Verizon MiFi signal.LMandTinView • December 2014
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