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Picacho Peak State Park


Visitors traveling along I-10 in southern Arizona can’t miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park. Though set next to an interstate highway, the park's west face possesses an unspoiled Sonoran Desert setting. The park is celebrated for wildflowers that appear mid-February to early April following good winter rain. Visitors can enjoy the view as they hike the trails that wind up the peak and, often in the spring, overlook a sea of wildflowers.

The park and surrounding area are known for their unique geological significance, outstanding and varied desert growth, and historical importance. The unique shape has been used as a landmark by travelers since prehistoric times. One of the first recordings of the peak was in the 1700s by the Anza Expedition as it passed through the area.

The park offers a visitor center with exhibits and a park store, a playground, historical markers, a campground, and picnic areas. Many hiking trails traverse the desert landscape and offer hikers both scenic and challenging hikes. Hike prepared and know your limits. Be prepared by bringing plenty of water and food, and by wearing proper footwear.

The park campground has a total of 85 electric sites for both tent and RV camping. High-speed wifi is available for an additional fee. Sites are suitable for RVs and/or tents with no more than four vehicles per site, only one of which can be any form of recreational vehicle. Maximum occupancy is a total of 10 people with a maximum of six adults per campsite. Four sites are handicapped-accessible. No water or sewer hookups are available. Quiet hours are from 10 PM to 6 AM and generator use is not permitted. There are two modern, handicapped-accessible restroom and shower buildings available at no additional charge for campers.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Picacho Peak State Park

The Battle of Picacho Pass, also known as the Battle of Picacho Peak, was a short-lived Confederate-won engagement of the American Civil War on April 15, 1862.

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