Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
#1 Picacho Peak State Park provides a stunning view if you’re driving along I-10.
Scenic Sunday drive, here we come.
#2 It’s impossible to not be impressed by the 1,500 foot peak.
The closer you get, the bigger it seems.
#3 People have been using the eye-catching peak as a landmark since prehistoric times!
People made note of the peak as far back as the Anza Expedition in the 1700’s.
#4 The view from the highway isn’t your only option, though…
You can hike all the way to the top!
#5 It’s a fairly challenging hike, though.
Make sure you wear the proper footwear and take plenty of water if you’re going to give this one a go.
#6 It’s a good idea to take your hike in the spring, because…
You’ll often see fields of beautiful wildflowers!
#7 If you aren’t sure where to start, check out The Hunter Trail.
A respected guide in Phoenix named this hike the Best Winter Hike.
#8 Round trip, The Hunter Trail is four miles.
It’s not a leisurely stroll, but the 360 degree view of surrounding dessert and mountains that you’ll find at the top is definitely worth it
#9 If you’re feeling a little unsure, rest easy.
The trail has steel cables and planks to help you through the steepest areas.
#10 And you’ll be glad to hear that the facilities are great, too.
When you’ve finished your hike, you can take a shower, enjoy lunch in one of the picnic areas, or check out the gift shop or the exhibits in the visitor center. If you’re feeling up to it, camp overnight and maybe even do some grilling.