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Picacho Peak State Park

Exit 219 off Interstate 10, Picacho, AZ 85131
+1 520-466-3183
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Nice state park.

Large sites, must have reservations since they are very busy. Right off I-10. Good hiking trails to... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2017
Nanook E
Sequim, Washington
Nice overnight

Pretty location. 3 minutes off I-10. Slight highway, train noise. Water/sewer not working on day I... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2017
Peter H
via mobile
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Visitors traveling along I-10 in southern Arizona can’t miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park. Enjoy the view as you 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 its 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 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. Bring plenty of food and water and wear proper footwear. Enjoy the beauty of the desert and the amazing views.
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Exit 219 off Interstate 10, Picacho, AZ 85131
+1 520-466-3183
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

Large sites, must have reservations since they are very busy. Right off I-10. Good hiking trails to Picacho Peak. Lots of Jumping Cholla cactus, ugh! Gorgeous sunsets.

Thank Nanook E
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Pretty location. 3 minutes off I-10. Slight highway, train noise. Water/sewer not working on day I was there. Paid WiFi avail at $4.00/day. Very nice overnight.

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 22 April 2017

The park with its vegetation will remind anyone of what "the west" looks like. The park is clean, has great rest rooms, and is located about halfway between Tucson and Phoenix

Thank 436Terry68
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a good location for hiking, and also good for seeing lots of flowers and cacti in bloom. I found it to be a great place to obtain some great photographic shots of the surrounding desert. Well worth a stop and the entrance fee.

Thank mjc404
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Great hike but not for people who have bad knees or health issues. I knew it we were in for a hard hike when everyone we passed looked like they were in their 20s or looked like ultra athletes. However, we survived and were exhausted...More

Thank Amy G
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We were staying in Tempe and wanted a place to hike to see the desert and saguaro cacti. I'm glad I found Picacho Peak State Park. It's riight off Route 10 about an hour south of Tempe. You can see the peak in the distance...More

Thank zgiant1
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Callaway trail is worth the walk. Nice view to the east. More trails, so we will return. The fee is too high for the area.

Thank Phil B
Reviewed 3 April 2017

This State Park is just a few miles south of the City of Picacho on the west side of the Hwy. Very good boondock camping facilities with several hiking trails, with mixed levels of difficulty. That includes two trails to the peak. Day use also...More

Thank Retiredoldguys
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Picacho Peak State Park is so peaceful and beautiful. Even if you don't hike and just want a relaxing trip its the place to go visit. The trails are well maintained and they have all skill levels available.

2  Thank mbutler07
Reviewed 2 March 2017

A great little treasure on the side of an endlessly busy highway that was a real desert treat. The road between Phoenix and Tucson has a constant stream of forth and back traffic at all times of day. The campsite is located well off the...More

2  Thank SueFromWinnipeg
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Mike A
30 December 2016|
Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Mike, Yes, this park offers full hookups, including up to 50amp service and pull-throughs with trailers. If you visit our campground reservations webpage for that park, you can view options based on filters for size and... More
15 December 2016|
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Response from Chiliagon | Reviewed this property |
Yes, in fact the shower facility is among the best I have seen - spacious shower rooms with plenty of room for your stuff - very clean also. Hope you have a great time
Cheryl B
31 August 2015|
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Response from Trikegirl11 | Reviewed this property |
No sewer or water hook ups. There is a dump station and potable water at entrance to campground for campers to use. Electric at each site. Picnic tables and fire rings. Loop A has some Ramadas for shade.