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Picacho Peak State Park, Picacho

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Picacho Peak State Park is a state park surrounding Picacho Peak in Picacho, Arizona. The park is located between Casa Grande and Tucson near Interstate 10 in Pinal County. Its centerpiece spire is visible from downtown Tucson, a distance of 45 miles (72 km). The summit rises to 3,374 feet (1,028 m) above mean sea level. Though appearing to be the remnant of a volcanic neck, it is now believed to be a tilted and eroded piece of rock overlain by a lava flow.

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  • The park rangers were nice and friendly. Easy drive from Phoenix or Tucson (about an hour either way). We went midday on an October Sunday and there weren't that many people, so we were able to find.....  more »
  • We went early at Picacho Peak State Park. We had heards that the flowers had been opened. We could see the flowers. They were so beautiful! Another attractions: The cacti is always there...  more »
  • Needed a break from our ride up north and decided to stop at the park. To our delight, it was a perfect place to stop, have our picnic lunch, and stretch our legs a bit. There are several shelters.....  more »
  • Wonderful place to stop for lunch or a driving break along 1-10! $7 gets you a nice variety of shaded picnic tables and some fun very short hikes (we did Children's Cove) that will help burn off energy, see lots of kinds of cacti, and enjoy the amazing views that come with a little elevation. The ranger was kind and helpful and the bathrooms were super clean.
  • So I’ve been living in Tucson for 4 years now. On various occasions I travel to Phoenix for one thing or another and on my way I would always pass Picacho Peak. It looked very mesmerizing every time and kept telling myself I should pay a visit. I finally decided to go once and for all and boy I wasn’t disappointed. There are various trails you can choose from depending on difficulty. I decided to take the long trail up spontaneously. I made it about 3/4 of the way before I decided to turn back because I didn’t feel prepared to make it the rest of the way. I will probably return well-equipped next time with plenty of fluids and some food, gloves, first aid kit etc. just to be on the safe side. It’s recommended because it’s a tough trail actually and it’s not for everybody. The scenery is magnificent for sure and I love the abundance of the teddy bear chollas which is one of my favourite cacti. I will definitely return again. 👍☺️✌️
  • Love the history of that part of the country. The climate was a joy compared to Phoenix. Left 110 and Humid, to enjoy Low 90s and arid. Nice road trip.
  • Amazing state park. Scenery is spectacular, and, what a fantastic place to hike. It was 110 degrees when I visited, so no hike for me. But the loop drives and the picturesque landscapes make this a must-see location.
  • Stopped by to see what the park was about. Staff there was awesome and explained about hiking and camping options. Can't wait to visit again once the temps drop a little.

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