Picacho Peak State Park Campground is a desert campground situated at the base of the towering Picacho Peak, known for spring wildflower blooms and Civil War reenactments. Picacho Peak State Park Campground is located in several loops on the north-facing slope of the mountain. Hiking is a popular activity here, with a lot of trails in the area and spectacular, wide-open desert vistas from up on the mountain.
There are 85 campsites at Picacho Peak State Park Campground. This is primarily an RV campground popular with Snowbirds, however tent camping is possible. If you are tent camping try and get one of the handful of campsites that have a shade ramada and/or picnic table. The campsites are back-in and pull-through that can accommodate large RVs. There are bathrooms with showers onsite. Some campsites have electrical hookups. Camping supplies are available at one of a couple of small stores (along with a Dairy Queen) at the Picacho Peak freeway exit.
As with any other desert campground, expect high temperatures in the summer, and be on the lookout for snakes and scorpions.
Picacho Peak State Park Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||85|
|Use Level:||Medium – High (Winter is the busiest season at Picacho Peak)|
|RV/Trailer Length:||35′ – 45′|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station, some campsites have electrical hookups|
|Cell Phone Service:||Yes – All major carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||32.654137, -111.419007|
|Nearest City/Town:||Casa Grande, Arizona|
|Location:||Pinal County, Arizona|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||1 mile to I-10 exit 219|
|Directions:||From the intersection of I-8 & I-10 near Casa Grande, travel east on I-10 for 21 miles. Take exit 219, and follow the road around to the campground.|
|Reservations:||via Arizona State Parks|
When To Go
Spring – Picacho Peak State Park is busiest with the snowbird crowd in the Winter, but spring quiets down some.
What To Do
Hiking – There are many hiking trails at Picacho Peak, but the most popular destination is the peak’s spire. There is a small flat space on the top of Picacho Peak’s spire that is a popular hiking destination for those feeling adventurous, but should not be attempted by everyone. Getting to the peak requires use of catwalks and cables, and using some of the few via ferrata hiking routes in the United States.
Civil War Battle Reenactment – In March each year there is a popular reenactment of the Civil War battle that occurred at Picacho Peak.
Wildflower Blooms – The area around Picacho Peak State Park is a popular destination for Wildflower viewing March through April, depending on the amount of rain received in the winter months.
The base of Picacho Peak was a stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail route until the 1870s. The Battle of Picacho Pass occurred nearby and was one of several Civil War battles that occurred in the Arizona Territory.
Image Credits: Corey Taratuta via Flickr