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10 Reasons to Visit Picacho Peak State Park

Cheyenne Reed

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Picacho Peak is a beautiful and striking mountain in the Southeastern Arizona desert between Phoenix and Tucson. It has a natural landmark that is revered by many. Here are 10 reasons you should visit.

1) Picacho Peak Offers a Stunning View From the I-10

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Flickr User Laveen Photograpjhy

Scenic Sunday drive, here we come.

2) It’s Easy to be Impressed by the 1,500 Foot Peak

A shot of Picacho Peak in Arizona. 
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Flickr User Laveen Photography

The closer you get, the bigger it seems.

3) Picacho Peak Has Been Enjoyed by Europeans For a Long Time

A shot of Picacho Peak in Arizona. 
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flickr User Matthew Dillon

People made note of the peak as far back as the Anza Expedition in the 1700s.

4) The Views Aren’t Limited to the I-10

Flickr User Jim Loftus
Flickr User Jim Loftus

You can hike all the way to the top!

5) It’s a Fairly Challenging Hike Though

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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 Best to Hike in the Spring, Because…

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Flickr User Micha

You’ll often see fields of beautiful wildflowers!

7) Start With the Hunter Trail

Flickr User Dave smith
Flickr User Dave smith

A respected guide in Phoenix named this hike the Best Winter Hike.

8) Round Trip, the Hunter Trail is 4 Miles

Flickr User Nick Ferenchak
Flickr User Nick Ferenchak

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

Flickr User Tarah Ausburn
Flickr User Tarah Ausburn

The trail has steel cables and planks to help you through the steepest areas.

10) You’ll be Glad to Know That the Facilities are Great, Too

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Flickr User jan_hampton

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.

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