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Location

Picacho Peak Locator Map

Elevation 2,000 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(520) 466-3183
Picacho Peak SP
P.O. Box 907
Eloy, AZ 85131
I-10 Exit 219

Facilities

Visitor Center Restrooms Gift Shop Group: Day Use Areas Group: Camping Sites Camping Electric RV Sites Non Electric RV Sites Dump Station Showers Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 1 mile

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Park's Speed Code: 4232#

Fees

Park Entrance Fees:
Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Individual/Bicycle: $3.00

Camping Fees:
Electric site: $25
Group Area (Non- Electric site): $15

Fee Schedule

Facilities

Visitor CenterFacilities available at Picacho Peak State Park.
Note: The park's seasonal closure will be from May 23 to Sept. 12, 2014. The park will re-open on Sept. 13, 2014.

 
Park Hours

Day use hours are from 5 am to 9 pm. The park is closed from 10 pm to 5 am. Entrance is prohibited when the gate is closed.

 
Visitor Center Visitor Center

The Visitor Center has public restrooms, a gift shop, plus vending machines with energy drinks and snacks. The building is currently LEED Certified "Gold".

 
Restrooms Restrooms

Restrooms are located at the Park Visitor Center, plus the Hunter and Calloway trailheads and in the campground. Campground restrooms are handicapped-accessible. Portable toilets are available at Sunset Vista Day Use area.

Gift Shop
Stop by the new Visitor Center and check out the Gift Shop. The building is Arizona State Parks first Silver LEEDS building.

 
Gift Shop Gift Shop

The gift shop, inside the Visitor Center sells maps, bottled water, magnets, collectibles, hiking books, souvenirs, and more. There are also vending machines with energy drinks and snacks. Hours vary, but are typically 8 am to 5 pm.

 
Group Day Use Areas Group Reservations: Day Use Areas

Reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Group Reservation: Day Use areas may also be used on a first-come, first-served basis if not reserved by another group, ask about current availability at Visitor Center.

Cholla Ramada: Four picnic tables & grills, water source. Maximum of 40 people. Wheelchair accessible. Electric (lighting and 110 volt outlets). Close proximity to parking, restrooms, hiking trails, and playground. Use Fee $20.00 plus $5.00 nonrefundable reservation fee = $25.00 plus daily entrance fee.

Ocotillo Ramada: Four picnic tables & grills, water source. Maximum of 40 people. Wheelchair accessible. Electric (lighting and 110 volt outlets). Close proximity to parking, restrooms, hiking trails, and playground. Use Fee $20.00 plus $5.00 non-refundable reservation fee = $25.00 plus daily entrance fee.

Ironwood Ramada: Four picnic tables, group grill, fire ring & water source. Maximum capacity 40 people. Wheelchair accessible Electric (lighting and 110 volt outlets). Close proximity to parking, restrooms, hiking trails. Use Fee $20.00 plus $5.00 non-refundable reservation fee = $25.00 plus daily entrance fee.

Mesquite Ramada: Four picnic tables, grills. Maximum capacity 40 people. Not Wheelchair accessible. Electric (lighting and 110 volt outlets) & water source. Close proximity to parking, restrooms, hiking trails. Use Fee $20.00 plus $5.00 non-refundable reservation fee = $25.00 plus daily entrance fee.

 
Group Camping Areas Group Reservations: Camping

All group camping areas are available only by reservation. Group reservations can be made up to one year in advance. To make group reservations call the park directly.

Raven Group Area: Tents only with 10 people minimum and 6 units (vehicles) maximum. Three campsites with picnic tables and fire-rings. Walking distance to restroom/showers and water. Group fire-ring, small ramada. $15.00 Use Fee plus $5.00 non-refundable Reservation Fee = $20.00 plus camping fees.

Roadrunner Group Area: Tents only with 10 people minimum and 6 units (vehicles) maximum. Three campsites with picnic tables and fire-rings. Walking distance to restroom/showers and water. Group fire-ring, small ramada. $15.00 Use Fee plus $5.00 non-refundable Reservation Fee = $20.00 plus camping fees.

Quail Group Area:

  • Four, 4-table ramadas with group grill
  • Electrification to ramadas
  • Large group fire-ring
  • Eight scattered campsites with picnic tables & fire rings
  • Portable toilets & a water source
  • Access to campground's restroom/shower buildings
  • Set within all natural Sonoran Desert environment
  • Minimum of 15 units (vehicles) required for camping
  • $30.00 Use Fee plus $5.00 non-refundable Reservation Fee = $35.00 plus camping fees.

Jackrabbit Group Area:

  • Group Area is divided into two reservable sections, EAST & WEST
  • Large group fire-ring with group grill per section
  • Large group ramada per section
  • Scattered campsites with picnic tables & fire-rings per section
  • Portable toilets per section
  • Access to campground's restroom/shower buildings
  • Set within all natural Sonoran Desert environment
  • Minimum of 7 units (vehicles) required for camping, maximum 14 units per section
  • 15 units minimum for exclusive use of the entire area
  • $25.00 Use Fee plus $5.00 non-refundable Reservation Fee = $30.00 plus camping fees.

   
Camping Sites Electric RV Sites Non Electric RV Sites Camping & RV Sites

Camping ReservationsSite reservations are available by calling the Reservation Center at (520) 586-2283. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site. You may also reserve campsites 24/7 for this park online Online Campground Reservations

Important Note: At this park, the entrance gate is closed nightly at 10 pm.

New: High-Speed WiFi internet access available at all campsites, provided by Airebeam. Additional fees required for access.

Picacho Peak State Park’s campground has a total of 85 electric sites for both tent and RV camping. The electric rate of $25.00 will be charged regardless of whether electricity is being used or not. Sites are suitable for RVs and/or tents. No more than 6 adults & 12 people total per site. No more than 4 vehicles per site. Only one motorhome/RV per site. 4 sites are handicapped-accessible. No water or sewer hookups are available. Access to all sites is paved. Sites are fairly level and are located in a natural Sonoran Desert setting. Both back-ins and pull-throughs are available. No maximum size limit (except no tractor trailers allowed). All sites offer a picnic table and barbeque/fire ring. Many sites also offer ramadas, and some of the sites are handicapped-accessible. Use of the dump station is included in price for camping. Potable water is available at the dump station. Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am. Generator use is not permitted. There are two modern, handicapped-accessible restroom and shower buildings available at no additional charge for campers.

Second Vehicle Fee: There will be a $15.00 per night fee for second vehicles. Fee will be paid upon arrival at the park. Fee does not apply to vehicles towed behind a primary vehicle when the primary vehicle remains at the site and the towed vehicle is used for transportation.

For cancellation policy see Reservation Policies: Terms & Conditions

 
Dump Station Dump Station

Located at the entrance to the campground. Use of dump station and potable water source is included in the price for camping. $15 fee required for non-campers.

 
Showers Showers

Two modern, accessible restroom buildings (one is subject to seasonal closures) with hot showers (use of showers is included in the price for camping.)

 
Picnic Areas/Shelters Picnic Areas/Shelters

Ramadas and other picnic areas with tables and barbeque grills are located throughout the park. Most picnic areas also offer shade roofs. Some are handicapped-accessible. Group reservations for day use are available.

 
Hiking Hiking Trails

Hiking trails at the park vary in difficulty. Weather can be unpredictable. Please be safe and wear suitable hiking boots. Gloves and water (2 liters per person) are strongly recommended.

Hunter Trail: 2.0 miles; difficult; begins on the north side from Barrett Loop and goes to the top of the peak. The trail climbs a resistant path typical of the Sonoran desert. The route is steep and twisting, with steel cables (gloves are recommended) anchored into the rock in places where the surface is bare.

Sunset Vista Trail: 3.1 miles; moderate first 2 miles, becoming difficult; travels on the south side from the westernmost parking area and goes to top of peak.

Calloway Trail: 0.7 miles; moderate; leads to an overlook.

Nature Trail: 0.5 miles; easy; includes interpretive signs.

Children's Cave Trail: 0.2 miles; easy; includes interpretive signs.

 
Wildlife Viewing Wildlife Viewing

The park offers a natural habitat for many of the animals found in the Sonoran Desert. This includes many species of mammals and reptiles  as well as a large number of birds. (Bird lists are available at the Visitor Center.) The park is home to a number of invertebrates as well.

Mammals frequently seen include Black-Tailed Jackrabbit, Desert Cottontail Rabbit, Roundtail Ground Squirrel, Harris Antelope Squirrel, Rock Squirrel, Desert Pocket Mouse, Mexican Freetailed Bat, Kangaroo Rat. Coyote, Badger, Skunk, Racoon, Bobcat, Desert Mule Deer, Javelina, and Kit Fox are occasionally seen. Porcupine, Antelope Jackrabbit, Ringtail Cat, and Mountain Lion are rarely seen.

Reptiles frequently seen include Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, Gopher Snake, Garter Snake, Coach Whip, Common Chuckwalla, Zebra-tailed Lizard, Tree Lizard, Western Banded Gecko, and the Side-Blotched Lizard. Tiger Rattlesnake, Mojave Rattlesnake, Desert Tortoises, and the Regal Horned Lizard are infrequently seen. Gila Monsters are rarely seen.

The Sonoran Desert Toad (an amphibian) has been spotted in the park during the monsoon season.

Invertebrates that can be seen at Picacho Peak include Giant Desert Centipede, Desert Hairy Scorpion, Tail-less Whipscorpion, , Western Black Widow Spider, and Fiddleback Spider. The most frequently seen invertebrates are probably the Desert Tarantula in the fall, and Sun Spiders and the Bark Scorpion year-round.

Birds are abundant and include Vultures, Hawks, Doves, Owls, Hummingbirds, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Jays, Wrens, Sparrows, Finches, Warblers, and many more. Please refer to the bird list available at the contact station. Some of the most commonly seen species include Turkey Vulture, Red-Tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Gambel Quail, Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Curve-billed Thrasher, Canyon Towhee, House Finch, Common Raven, Cactus Wren, and Costa’s Hummingbird.

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