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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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Viewing foliage, Hiking
Owner description: This park offers yearly re-enactments of the key Civil War battle that took place here.
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Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Mountains, State Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Viewing foliage, Hiking
Owner description: This park offers yearly re-enactments of the key Civil War battle that took place here.
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Gilbert, Arizona
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156 reviews 156 reviews
67 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

So I will agree with other travelers, that if you go, you have to take the Hunter Trail which is was leads you to the top of Picacho Peak. The first mile, while most of the way uphill, is difficult but not too bad. Once you reach the Saddle the views of the surrounding desert are incredible. Now the second... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

If you're looking for an simple walk up the side of a mountain, the first half of the Hunter Trail is sufficient for you. Take it to the saddle and enjoy the views. If you want to continue to the peak, be prepared to work! Listen to the warnings, this hike is difficult and calls for a decent fitness level... More 

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Simcoe
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

For a great hike with a variety of levels, this Peak sticks out of the landscape for many miles, and is well known, and very busy. Lower level trails are relatively easy hiking, but still need to be able to walk and climb modest hills. For the big hike to Picacho peak, you need to be in pretty good shape,... More 

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Ontario, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

There should be a badge for climbing this peak. My wife and I were up and down in less than four hours, but, what a hike! Pay attention to the warning signs. I.e., water, good hiking shoes and that it is difficult. If you are afraid of heights, don't go past the Saddle. Beyond that is an experience which tests... More 

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Anoka
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123 reviews 123 reviews
71 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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
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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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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