Fire ban in effect: Propane grills and fire pits will still be allowed.

 

Hikers will not be allowed to begin the Hunter or Sunset Vista trails after 9 a.m. during heat advisories. Trails must be clear by 12 p.m.

 

The park is experiencing a water shortage. No filling will be allowed at the park.

Hiking Trails

Picacho Peak trails in the Sonoran DesertSonoran Desert views from the trail

Discover the Sonoran desert via Picacho Peak State Park where an incredibly scenic network of hiking trails is just begging to be explored! There are trails for every skill level, and unforgettable adventures abound in this beautiful southern Arizona park! Pick your path and find a new vantage point...Then kick back and revel in the beauty of your accomplishment!

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

Trails are closed from sunset to sunrise.

Easy Trails

Nature Trail: 0.5 miles; easy; includes interpretive signs. Tour the trail.

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

Moderate Trails

Picacho Peak Trail MapClick to download trail map

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

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 the top of the peak. The first 2 miles are moderate, then the route becomes difficult, steep and twisting, with steel cables (gloves are recommended) anchored into the rock in places where the surface is bare. This trail is not recommended during hot weather seasons. Tour the trail.

Difficult Trails

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. Tour the trail.

Learn more about Arizona's vast hiking opportunities by visiting the Arizona Hiking page.

 

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