Picacho Peak can be easily seen from afar as it just some 1,500 feet on the Sonoran Desert. It is visible for miles, and as you drive along Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix, you will see all its beauty against the desert sky. Travelers have used the park for centuries as a landmark, and today visitors continue to enjoy the various things that the state park offers.
The rocks of Picacho have seen the passing of prehistoric humans, Spanish conquistadors, gold miners looking for fortune, Mormon soldiers, and Civil War soldiers. Picacho Pass was the site where Confederate and Union troops clashed in 1862. Today, the park hosts a re-enactment commemorating the many battles that took place in Picacho Pass, Valverde, and Glorieta Pass.
A visit to the Picacho Peak State Park means a time full of wonders and discovery. There are numerous hiking trails where you can take your four-legged best friend with you, a campground, a playground, picnic areas, historical markers, dump station, restrooms, showers, and grills where you can whip up some delectable barbecue for the whole group to share.
The hiking trails can also be challenging, so wear the proper footwear and bring enough water for you and your pooch. The most popular trail, Hunter Trail, is a four-mile round-trip trek which is challenging but very much worth it when you get a dazzling view of the sunset. An easy day trip from Interstate 10, you can spend a night or a few nights at the state park.
Just park your RV and relax or if you are feeling more adventurous, you can also put up your tent and stay at the campground inside the Picacho Peak State Park. High-speed WIFI internet is available at all campsites, but additional fees will be charged if you require access. Other attractions nearby are Skydive Arizona and Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch.