Organ Pipe National Park

Organ Pipe National Park

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I purchased "Sadie''s House On Wheels "in late 2007 and loved traveling in a motor home so much that I went on the road full time in late 2008. I started writing this blog to help me remember all the wonder places I have been and it allows me to share those places with my family and friends. Summer of 2013 I decided to hang up the keys for a while and moved back into my stick house. After nearly two years, I am on the road again.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Victoria Mines Hike, Organ Pipe, January 13

I've not done much hiking in Organ Pipe NM proper and was anxious to head out.  My first choice was  to hike up to Bull Pasture off the Ajo Mountain Drive, but the temperatures were really cool and it didn't start to warm up until about 11:00.  I decided to head over to the Victoria Mines.  It is  an easy 2.1 mile from the family campground but I elected to go to the Visitor Center first and hike to the mines from there adding some more easy mileage.

The trail to the mines is very easy rolling through some small washes with some miner short hills to walk up. There isn't much shade, which was probably a good thing, but I wouldn't want to be walking the trail in warmer weather, because it would probably be too hot.  

 There are remainstof an old building which I believe was thought to be a store.

All of the mine shafts have been closed off for safety reasons

as well as to protect the bat habitat.  Apparently the bats really like the old abandoned mines. The Victoria Mines date back as far as the 1880's and are thought to be the oldest example of silver mines in the Organ Pipe NM and some of the oldest in south west Arizona.

The views are spectacular from some of the mine tailings. 

The photo below pictures the different layers of cactus.  Cholla and Ocatillo in the foreground, then Saguaro, and the hill is covered with organ pipe.  

So, it was a pretty nice easy day of hiking.  The Monument is very quiet and I didn't see another soul on the trail.  

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