Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona

We've wanted to check out this SP. Lots of good hiking. And nearby is the site of the Battle of Picacho Pass, one of several Civil War engagements in the Arizona Territory.

Picacho Peak - State Park Campground, near Picacho, AZ: Site #A18 (85 RV sites total) - This site has: electric hookup • water nearby. Campground Notes: flush toilets • showers • dump station available • trails from campground • 1,822’ elevation. April 6th - 10th. Miles traveoled: 209.

Overall Experience: smile

Flowering top and a Cactus Wren nest in the same Saguaro Cactus.

The American Civil War in the Southwest Trail

Memorial Loop Collage

National Beer Day – April 7th National Beer Day today, Picacho Peak tomorrow!

Picacho Peak

Two views of Picacho Peak: Left – taken from the campground on the north side & right – view from Sunset Trail on the south side.

We hiked to the top of Picacho Peak (1,500+ ft. elevation gain), and what a hike it was. The upper section has steel cables anchored into the rock to assist in the steeper parts. We went up the Hunter Trail, which was a pretty good climb, and then took Sunset Trail back. It hooked up with Hunter below the peak. The total was about five+ miles. Fortunately, we were able to get a ride from the Sunset trailhead back to Hunter trailhead where our car was parked – the two-mile walk on park road would have been pretty boring.

Cables, cables, and more cables!

Lunch break on the top of Picacho Peak.

Sunset Trail Pics – Sign points the way, closeup of an ocotillo flower, teddy bear cholla, & young fishhook barrel cactus.

Between the bustling cities of Tucson and Phoenix, Picacho Peak State Park offers a serene desert oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. This iconic landmark, with its distinctive spire-like peak, has long captivated visitors with its rugged beauty and rich history.

Picacho Peak Campground

At the heart of the park lies the Picacho Peak Campground, a 85-site facility that provides a unique camping experience amidst the stunning Sonoran Desert landscape. The campground caters to both tent campers and RV enthusiasts, offering a variety of amenities to ensure a comfortable stay.

  • Each campsite is generously sized, providing ample space for tents, trailers, and RVs.
  • Many of the sites are equipped with electrical hookups, allowing campers to power their essential appliances and enjoy the comforts of home.
  • While the campground does not offer direct water hookups, a centralized water spigot is available for filling up water tanks and jugs.
  • For those seeking a more rustic experience, the park also offers primitive camping opportunities. These sites, located away from the main campground, offer a true "off-the-grid" adventure, with campers relying on their own water and power sources.

Recreational Activities

Beyond the campground, Picacho Peak State Park boasts a wealth of recreational activities including Hiking:

  • Avid hikers can tackle the challenging Picacho Peak Trail, which winds its way up the iconic peak, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
  • For those seeking a more leisurely stroll, the park's network of hiking trails provides ample opportunities to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert.


For families and groups, the park's picnic areas and ramadas provide the perfect setting for a day of outdoor relaxation and socializing. Equipped with tables, grills, and shade structures, these facilities offer a comfortable respite from the desert sun.

Visitor Center

The park's visitor center serves as a hub of information, housing exhibits that delve into the region's rich history and natural wonders. Visitors can also browse the park store, stocking up on souvenirs, snacks, and essential supplies for their outdoor adventures.

Historical Significance

One of the park's most unique features is its historical significance. Picacho Peak was the site of a Civil War battle in 1862, known as the "Battle of Picacho Pass." Today, visitors can explore historical markers and learn about this pivotal moment in Arizona's history.

Special Events and Programs

Throughout the year, Picacho Peak State Park hosts a variety of special events and programs, offering visitors the opportunity to engage with the park's natural and cultural heritage. From guided hikes and interpretive talks to stargazing events and wildlife viewing, there is always something new to discover.

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