Picacho Peak State Park

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Picacho Peak State Park


Location:Off I-10, exit 219; 60 miles south of Phoenix and 40 miles north of Tucson.
Facilities:100 campsites, electric and non-electric hookups, showers, restrooms, group-use area (by reservation), picnic area, trails, historical markers, playground (é).
Activities:Camping, hiking, wildlife viewing.
Special Features:Used as a landmark by travelers for centuries, Picacho Peak stands 1,500 feet above the desert floor. The most significant Civil War battle in Arizona took place near Picacho Peak in April of 1862, when an advance detachment of Union forces from California attacked a Confederate scouting party. The battle is reenacted here each year.
Address:PO Box 275
Picacho, AZ 85241

Phone:520-466-3183
Web: www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/picacho.html
Size: 3,502 acres. Elevation: 2,000 feet.

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"We joke that our hiking will save the world," she writes of their regular jaunts up Picacho Peak, "but I know it's saving me from myself, from my obsessive fears and imaginary ailments."
2013, three people were killed and at least 12 were injured after a dust storm led to multiple crashes on I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson, authorities said. Television footage showed that several vehicles and tractor-trailers smashed into each other near Picacho Peak in south-central Arizona.
Jean and Nancy spent many years traveling the country, often with their grandchildren, in their motor home, spending winters at Picacho Peak State Park in Arizona.
Melvin believes the communities, Kingman, brook, Safford and Picacho Peak would be good sites for the nuclear waste recycling and storage facility, due to the salt formations in those areas.
The high-water mark of the South's attempt to make the Confederacy a two-ocean republic and tap California's gold came at Picacho Peak, beloved of Southwesterners as the westernmost "battle" of the Civil War and "the Gettysburg of Arizona."There, on April 16, 1869, the vanguard of Hunter's forces, probing westward from Tucson, encountered and were repulsed by the leading elements of Col.
1 SOUTHERN ARIZONA Rising from the desert between Phoenix and Tucson, Picacho Peak State Park shows off Mexican gold poppies and other blooms for a few weeks in March.
Picacho Peak. Immediately south of Interstate 10, between Tucson and Casa Grande, this westernmost Civil War battlefield (fought on April 15, 1862) and 3,440-acre state park usually sprouts gold poppies, desert lupin and globe mallow.