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Picacho Peak State Park

Exit 219 off Interstate 10, Picacho, AZ 85131
+1 520-466-3183
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Great State Park for day hikes

TAKE GLOVES IF YOU ARE HIKING TO THE PEAK! One of the best State parks providing great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kansas City, Missouri
Great campsite

We had a great stay with a huge campsite and lovely bathroom facilities. Site had a separate... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Napa Valley
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Exit 219 off Interstate 10, Picacho, AZ 85131
+1 520-466-3183
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Reviewed 1 week ago

TAKE GLOVES IF YOU ARE HIKING TO THE PEAK! One of the best State parks providing great opportunities for hiking. The staff at the Visitor center are very helpful in explaining the opportunities available in the park. Fill up water at the visitor before starting...More

Thank Previa1994
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great stay with a huge campsite and lovely bathroom facilities. Site had a separate shaded picnic table and fire ring with space for camper and a tent. View of the mountains and saguaros.

Thank JaxCA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go for a day hike! It's a nice trek through the Sonoran Desert. The trail is not long but you will need to take your time. It's dog-friendly so bring your buddy but don't forget your water!

Thank Susan R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a really beautiful natural state park. Lots of great views and mountains and hiking areas. Easy on and off the highway.

Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 20 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 21 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 10 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 6 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
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Mike A
29 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