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Picacho Peak State Park

Picacho, Arizona


15520 Picacho Peak Rd
Picacho, Arizona 85141
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Sites: 85
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 32.65146
Longitude: -111.41808

Elevation: 1851' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

If you've ever driven up I-10 from Tucson to Phoenix, you've probably noticed Picacho Peak. The state park has a very nice campground. It's just a few miles off the highway, which you can see in the distance, but there's no noise. Sites are level, roomy, and well spaced. We stopped here for one night after touring Saguaro National Park. We could almost have skipped the national park because are lots of Saguaro cacti here. We had several right next to our site. The facility is well-maintained, everything is clean, and the staff is friendly and helpful. The only odd thing is that there is no water at the hook-up sites, so make sure your tank is full. We only spent one night here, so we didn't explore the park much. It has several hiking trails and the site of the Battle of Picacho Pass, said to be the most significant Civil War battle in the west. We would stay here again, with more time to explore. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A25
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my truck camper and a trailer too
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Spaces sites and one of the best clean restrooms I have been to. We had just power and not water hook up, etc. But the restrooms were great. Camp host and staff were great people. Book early, the campground fills up. If we are in the area, we will stay again. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17A
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 134
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for three nights. This park is nicely laid out and very clean. Electric hookup only, but it was 50 amp and worked great. We knew coming in and had full fresh tanks. We are 68' long with our Freightliner and 45' fifth wheel, and we had no issues manuevering in the campground or getting into our spot. Later we walked the whole campground taking notes, and found quite a few spots we could fit in. The trails in the park are great - they really challenge you, but reward you with great views and a sense of accomplishment! It was quiet, and although we could hear the train rumbling a little it wasn't a bother - obviously not too many intersections nearby that would force them to blow the whistle. We really enjoyed our stay, and would definitely return again. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C3
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The park is between Phoenix and Tucson. There's not a lot of shopping nearby, so come prepared to CAMP. The camp office can give you some information on the history of the area, but you have to ask. Enjoy the amazing hiking opportunities, including spots where steel cables are anchored into rock and you're climbing the face like a ladder. So much fun!

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Review Count: 173
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Pros: This is a clean, picturesque campground nestled in the foothills of Picacho Peak; a short distance from I-10. Good, paved interior roads; spacious, paved sites (some pull-throughs, some back-ins) that are mostly level. This is a very good campground for hiking and dog walking with mountain views, rock formations, large Saguaro and other desert plants. Cons: There is electric only (no water at sites) yet the camping fee is the same as State Parks with water and electric. The restroom/shower facility was clean, but unheated, with no hot water (at least in the showers I tried). If you don't hike, there is not much to do in the immediate area. We would stay here again if passing through the area. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C-20
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

For a southern Arizona state park in the winter and over the holidays, this one doesn't seem to get the push that others do, probably because it's not as close to shopping and amenities as some other parks. The entrance gate is a tight squeeze with a big rig, and the campground roads are narrow, but no real problem getting in and situated. Picacho only offers electric hookups, and the campground water supply was experiencing a high level of nitrates during our visit. Check ahead and plan accordingly since it will take them awhile to remedy that. It does not affect the showers, which were clean with lots of hot water. As with all the other AZ state parks, the bathroom buildings are not heated -- brrr! We were in the A loop, but all the loops have sites that offer nice views over the valley (albeit with Hwy 10 in view far below, but not audible) or the surrounding peaks. There are several hiking trails in the park, including the very challenging Picacho Peak summit. Many of the trails and paths do not require major hiking skills and can be enjoyed by everyone. There is fabulous OATV and great phone reception. The park offers Airebeam Internet, which is a paid service. If you have a hummingbird feeder, you won't be disappointed when you hang it out! We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A16
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful desert setting with a variety of plant life with a back drop of impressive mountain peaks. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B-13
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Stay in loop A or B. If not stay in lower number C loop. The mid number C are closer to the interstate and noisiest. Unbelievably clean restrooms and showers. Only issue was a swarm of bees on the dump station hose. Very large and very level sites. Great trails and walking areas. Highly recommend. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Camped in a motorhome in Site B-12. Pretty level site, nice spacing between sites. We definitely could hear the traffic and trains. Great views of the mountains and campground is surrounded by cactus. There are trails throughout the mountains that we enjoyed during our stay. Saw an incredible sunset and a nice sunrise from the campground. Only Electric. No water or sewage besides dump station. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

A pleasant campground with some highway and train noise. The hosts and park employees were friendly and visable and it was kept clean. Fixtures are old and not well maintained in the bathrooms but cleaned daily. Showers and hot water were ample and dishwashing sinks were provided. No water at site but easy to use filling station at the dump. Our site was level (no need for levelers) and faced out, so it felt very private. Campfires were allowed and wood sold at entrance. Fairly quiet campers, except for a few cheers on New Year's Eve. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B10
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We knew there wasn't much nearby, aside from a Subway Sandwich shop and gas station so we loaded up the rig for our weeklong stay.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We are on a quest to camp at all of the Arizona State Parks and we wanted a quick getaway from Phx, so chose Picacho Peak. Seeing the campground from our I-10 approach had us a bit concerned but honestly, we couldn't really hear any traffic noise and actually enjoyed watching the car lights at night. The staff was so friendly at check-in, our spot (#B19) was easy to park in and we didn't even unhitch our tow vehicle since we were completely level and wouldn't be needing to drive anywhere. Our campsite was nice and roomy, picnic table & firepit. Being avid bird watchers, we weren't even expecting to see much but had a great birding weekend right from our campsite...saw loggerhead shrikes, rock wrens, say's phoebes...just to mention a few. It was cool. Not sure when we'll go back because we do have about 13 more state parks to visit but we would definitely consider a revisit. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B19
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

To be honest, it was late when we arrived, and only stayed one night, but the park is very nice, clean, and well kept. The spaces are very tight for a big rig. We have a 40 foot motorhome, and selected a pull through site, that was so tight that it was almost impossible to get into and let the slides out. You had to be positioned just right to clear the cement poles they put up to protect the utilities. We will go back at some time in the future, but I will not get a pull through site. it appeared that the back in sites were more open for a big rig. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
A-15
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

For big rigs, be selective about the sites, and the pull through sites should be limited to 36 foot and under.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed 2 nights. No water or sewer at the sights. You really feel like you are camping out! Beautiful sunsets. You have a picnic table and BBQ grill. Plenty on space between you and your neighbor. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C-16
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Two or three hikes on site!

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Campsite was clean and mostly level, but picnic table/firepit was too far away to really use. No water or sewer at site, but dump station at entrance, with potable water. Good spacing between sites, and very pretty desert location. Well-maintained hiking trails and friendly/helpful staff. Traffic/train noise from the interstate is audible, but after a while you get used to it. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B-11
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hunter trail is a awesome hike, strenuous and exposed, and should only be taken if fit, in cooler weather and with plenty of water. There are several other trails, well marked.

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Review Count: 199
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 32

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Our third time to camp at Picacho which is a very well run and scenic park. The rest rooms were kept very clean and the showers are spacious. My only complaint about the showers is that they have those water restricting spray heads that mean that the water is hot at the top of your head, warm at your shoulders and cold by the time it hits your waist. I understand the reason for this, but it makes for chilly showers. I also wish that there were a couple of paths to the restrooms cutting through the campground loops so that if you're camped in a spot far from the restrooms you didn't have to walk all the way around the loop to get to them. These are minor issues though and we would definitely stay here again. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed several times and always had positive experiences. The sites are spread out in the desert vegetation with lots of space between. There are some pull-throughs with views of the mountains and some back-ins. They tend to be level. There is some highway noise but not enough to be a problem. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B10
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Fabulous New Mexico sunsets. Good hiking trails.

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