The dump station and showers are closed to anyone not camping at the park. The park is currently experiencing a water shortage. No filling will be allowed at the park.

Fire restrictions are in place at the park - no wood, charcoal or propane fires. No smoking except in an enclosed vehicle.

Hiking Trails

Picacho Peak trails in the Sonoran DesertDiscover 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.

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

Moderate Trails

Picacho Peak Trail MapCalloway Trail: 0.7 miles; moderate; leads to an overlook.

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.

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.

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

Recreate responsibly while hiking