Organ Pipe National Monument: Puerto Blanco Drive, Dripping Springs and Pozo Nuevo Road
January 16-18, 2016
We try to make at least one trip every Winter to Organ Pipe National Monument. We had to squeeze this one in, but we managed a thrilling three-day adventure
including some parts of the park we had never visited.
With our luxurious new camping rig, we were quite content to boondock both nights, and we chose a spot just outside the park with an appropriately challenging
approach and magnificent views in all directions.
Dripping springs is one of only two permanent sources of wildlife water in Organ Pipe National Monument (the other being Quitobaquito Springs.
The water was milky blue from the minerals it collects as it seeps through the rock walls.
It was a very, very rough ride through some eerily beautiful and absolutely deserted desert. We did not see a single vehicle — not even the Border Patrol! — on the 14-mile stretch from Puerto Blanco to Bates Well Road.