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Picacho Peak State Park

Address: Exit 219 off Interstate 10, Picacho, AZ 85241
Phone Number: 520-466-3183
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Picacho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Mountains, State Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage, Hiking
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Owner description: This park offers yearly re-enactments of the key Civil War battle that took place here.
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123 reviews 123 reviews
71 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This park has a lot of Cacti and native plants but expect it to be HOT unless you are there during the Arizona winter. Jan., Feb. Most likely best in early spring when Cacti are blooming and before heat is to bad. Not a lot here other than picnic grottos. There is a day use charge and a very small... More

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Glendale, Arizona
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

What a challenging and fun hike/climb. Took about 2.75 hours total. Beautiful clear day and very few hikers. I would not take young kids on this one. Too many bad things could happen. The cables are a hoot!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Flew into Phoenix and travelled down to Tucson which passes Picacho Peak State Park. On our return journey to Phoenix stopped off at Picacho Peak. We hiked the Hunter Trail to the top of the peak, this was challenging but well worth it. The hike to the saddle is quite steep however the rest of the hike to the top... More

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Kansas City, MO
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We chose this park just because it made for a nice stopping point between Phoenix and Tucson on our March RV trip. It was much more than we expected. First, it was the best RV campsite of any of the parks we stayed in - it tends to be partially empty, and the campsites are widely spaced, so you really... More

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El Paso, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This is a beautiful state park with a well run and maintained campground. The camping spots were roomy with great views of Picacho Peak. The only negative cannot be helped. It is located between Phoenix and Tucson off of I-10. The road noise is noticeable; but not distracting enough to spoil the fun. This park is great for photography, hiking... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We escorted 16 Boy Scouts to the top of Picacho Peak, and camped overnight at the base. Hunter is a very difficult trail, and requires sure footing and upper body strength to pull yourself up on the steel cables. Bring gloves. Marvelous views from the top!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

What a wonderful hike for someone who was in search of challenging, quiet, rocks, sun & warm breezes. The cables and steep rock were an awesome surprise and I will never forget the fantastic way I felt after accomplishing the whole hike. Go on a weekday to avoid any crowds and have a great time.

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Chandler, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This was a great hike, Hunter Trail to the top. Simi difficult for the second half, Cables for steep sections. Great views from the top. We saw some people taking pretty small kids up it, I myself wouldn't take a kid younger then like 8-10 with good hiking experience. you definitely can't keep them leashed to you, basically If you... More

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Maricopa, Arizona, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

After a decade of passing Picacho Peak and all of its summit temptations for the better part of a decade on the regular drive to and from Phoenix from Tucson, I finally decided to give the summit a shot. Four years on and I recently did the trip again--and was reminded of a few key points. First, the trail is... More

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This National Park has awesome trails for those average hikers, also so serene when you get up into this place come out and see it. It's a great place for all. Year round fun.

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