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

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 85
Cost:
  • $25/night for electric hookup site + $5 fee
  • $15/night for non-electric hookup site + $5 fee
Use Level: Medium – High (Winter is the busiest season at Picacho Peak)
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: 35′ – 45′
RV/Trailer Amenities: Dump Station, some campsites have electrical hookups
Cell Phone Service: Yes – All major carriers
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round
Other:

Getting There

Address:
Geo Coordinates: 32.654137, -111.419007
Nearest City/Town: Casa Grande, Arizona
Elevation: 1800 Feet
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.

Connect

Phone: (520) 466-3183
Web: State Parks
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.

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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.

Fun Facts

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

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