Picacho Peak State Park

sights / Parks & gardens

Picacho Peak State Park information

Tucson to Phoenix , USA
I-10, exit 219
+1 520 466 3183
Camping reservations
+1 520 586 2283
More information
per vehicle $7, campsites $25
Opening hours
5am-9pm, visitor center 8am-5pm, park closed late-May–mid-Sep
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The westernmost battle of the American Civil War was fought near this distinctive peak (3374ft) in 1862. Here, a small band of Confederate Arizona Rangers killed three Union cavalrymen. After the skirmish, Confederate soldiers retreated to Tucson and dispersed, knowing full well that they would soon be greatly outnumbered. The battle is reenacted every March with much pomp, circumstance and period costumes. The pretty state park has a visitor center that acts as a jump-off point for trails onto the mountain.

If you're fit, you can walk to the peak of the mountain via a rugged trail that includes cables and catwalks. Camping is available at 85 electric, first-come, first-served sites; they're suitable for tents or RVs. No hook-ups. Wi-fi is available for a fee. The park is 40 miles northwest of Tucson.