Yesterday Mary and I took the Bronco on the Puerto Blanco Drive. It’s 37 miles long, however since 2006, only the north section of the Puerto Blanco Drive has been open to the public, as far as mile 5 (Pinkley Peak, site of a new picnic area) – just past the turn off to Red Tanks Tinaja. The remainder is closed to vehicle traffic ‘indefinitely’ according to the NPS, because of concerns about drug trafficking and illegal cross-border immigration. In addition we took a one mile hike into the desert to view the Red Tank Tinjua…a natural desert rock that collects rainwater. Our outing lasted 2.5 hours.

To see a map of the park and the Puerto Blanco Drive, click this link…
http___www.nps.gov_orpi_planyourvisit_loader

Here are a few photos that I took…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

First a pre-sunrise at our campsite…

And a few photos from the drive…

To see the other 24 photos I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/PuertoBlancoDrive

Today we will continue our last day exploration of the monument.

You can find out all about the Organ Pipe Cactus National monument by clicking this government link…
http://www.nps.gov/orpi/index.htm

You may also click this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_Pipe_Cactus_National_Monument

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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