If your pup is a fan of beautiful desert vistas, then don’t let them miss out on a visit to Picacho Peak State Park. Picacho Peak is the showstopping feature of the park. Part of an ancient volcanic flow, this 1,500 foot mountain has been a local landmark for as long as anyone can remember.
Your pooch will be happy to know that this park has five
trails to choose from. A couple of them can be challenging, so wear the proper
footwear. The most pupular trail, Hunter Trail, is a four-mile round trip trek
that leads to the top of the peak. While it is very beautiful, especially from
the top, this trail is difficult. In fact, there are steel cables anchored to
the rock to assist hikers in the steepest areas. If you choose this trail, make sure your pal
is fit and up for the challenge. And you may want to bring some gloves.
If your canine buddy prefers a mellower trail, there are
three nature trails that are less than a mile long. Calloway Trail leads to a
puptacular overlook, Nature Trail has interpretive signs, and Children’s Cave
Trail is pawfect for two legged kids. Remember, Arizona temperatures can
skyrocket during the summer. If it’s too hot, you may need to reschedule your
hike. Also, it is recommended that you carry two to four liters of water per
person (and pup).
If your pup wants to sleep under the desert sky, grab a
spot in the park’s campground. Electric sites are available, as are group
sites. A delightful day use area includes picnic facilities, a playground, historical
markers, and grills where you can barbecue some burgers and have a puptastic
paw-ty. Don’t forget to always have some clean up bags on hand and pick up
whatever your pooch puts down. No bones about, Picacho Peak State Park will
make your dog’s tail wag!