What to do in Picacho Peak State Park

The prominent landmark, Picacho Peak, rises majestically to a height of 1,500 feet above the desert floor, and is a magnet to hikers. The less adventurous stroll along a trail at its base and marvel at the vibrant spectacle of blooming wildflowers which Mother Nature provides every spring.

Picacho Peak also stands as a natural monument to history. In 1848, the Mormon Battalion constructed a wagon road through Picacho Pass. The 49'ers traveled this road on their way to California. In 1857, Jackass Mail began using the road and by 1858 the Butterfield Overland Stage was carrying passengers as well. Just four years later, war reached the peak when Union troops met the Confederates in the Battle of Picacho Pass.

Today, two challenging trails can take you to the top of the peak. Hunter Trail begins on the north side and Sunset Vista Trail starts on the south side, from the Sunset parking area. On a clear day, Tucson is visible from the top of the peak.

Park facilities include campsites, with or without hookups, picnic areas, grills, restrooms, showers, four trails, a playground, Ramadas and a group area for day or overnight use. The restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

Recreational opportunities at Picacho Peak include, camping, hiking, picnicking, sightseeing, and viewing historic sites.

Picacho Peak State Park is located in south-central Arizona, between Tucson and Phoenix. The park is approximately 35 miles northwest from Tucson off Interstate 10 (exit 219).

The park has a moderate elevation of 2,000 feet and as such will experience a hot desert climate. During the summer months visitors can expect very hot temperatures with afternoon thunderstorms possible especially in July and August. Daytime high temperatures can exceed 110 degrees. Winter brings moderate temperatures to the low elevations, with warm days and cool to cold nights. Winter is a good time to experience these normally snow free areas. Fall and spring are transitional periods and can also be nice times to visit these desert regions. Be prepared for cool temperatures at higher elevations and dress in layers for your travels in this state of varying climates.

P.O. Box 275
Picacho Peak, AZ 85241

Phone: 520-466-3183

Fax: 520-466-7442

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