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Picacho Peak State Park


It’s happy trails to you at Picacho Peak State Park just north of downtown—and plenty of them to choose from! A popular destination for hiking, camping and RVing, the park is open year-round from dawn ‘til dusk. The trails in the park have a range of difficulty. Hunter trail is two miles but ranked as difficult and starts at the north end of Barrett Loop before winding up to the peak. It’s a typical Sonoran desert trail, steep with steel cables for help. (Wear gloves).

Sunset Vista Trail is 3.1 miles and rated as moderate for the first two miles before progressing to difficult. It takes you from the south end of the parking lot to the summit. There’s also the short, 0.7 mile Cowboy Trail that’s moderate and whisks you to an overlook.

A Park with a View

Check out Nature Trail for an easy, half-mile hike full of interpretive signs that lets you immerse yourself in the region. Children’s Cave Trail is easy, just 0.2 miles, and also includes interpretive signs. Weather is unpredictable in Arizona, and especially at Picacho, being in the heart of the desert.

The best time to visit is autumn and spring, but soft rains are common from October to March. However, you’ll be clear of the intense thunderstorms that end in September. Always check the weather, dress and plan accordingly, and choose the trail most suitable to your skill level.



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