Picacho Peak State Park – Hiking and Campground Tour – Park Travel Review

Picacho Peak State Park – Hiking and Campground Tour – Park Travel Review


after spending our morning on an
airplane the first thing we wanted to do was hike a trail to stretch our legs out
a bit hi everyone and welcome to happy trails hiking today we’re in Arizona at
Picacho Peak State Park we’re at actually the trailhead for two different
trails one of them is called hunter trail and it’s directly south of us and
it goes to the top of a peak Picacho Peak Picacho peak of course yeah and we’re
also next to Calloway trail this is much shorter and we have time to do this one
today this is just going to give us an overlook Ranger at the Visitor Center
right okay Picacho Peak State Park is located between Phoenix and Tucson in
Arizona as you can see we’ve got our state behind us that is interstate 10 so
it is very easy to get to this perk when traveling on Interstate 10 you
can’t miss the prominent point of Picacho Peak State Park this peak has
been used as a landmark for centuries Picacho Peak is also the location of the
most Western conflict of the Civil War it’s called the Battle of Picacho Pass this park includes a visitor center a
park store campgrounds picnic areas ramadas grills hiking trails and a
playground tree roots tree root tree root tree
trunk right nope cactus blows my little Midwestern mind this is first time I’ve
seen any Saguaros and one of the things that I find to be really
interesting is that at the bottom of this particular one it looks like a tree
bark but then other parts of it look more like what you would expect a
typical cactus to look like so that was somewhat unexpected as we have been
looking at these furrows closer during our hike up the trail the state park rates the Callaway trail
as a half mile moderate trail mostly because of all the switchbacks that are
in the half mile to get to the Overlook around the bench at the end we’re looking on my way beautiful so we’ve done our half-mile up to the
Overlook here at the Callaway trail and we’ve enjoyed seeing all those Saguaro
they’re really interesting and learn some new things today at this point
we’re going to head back to the car and take a quick tour of campground the
campground at Picacho Peak State Park is laid out in three loops with about 78
campsites as well as a few group campsites each site has electric but due
to a water shortage right now there is no water at individual sites the shower
houses are open and available for use well we’re not camping on this trip but
we want to take a look at a campground anyway to get a feel for it so we just
showed you the Red Rock over here that we think is probably volcanic in origin
but I’m not a geologist so take that with a grain of salt this looks like a
really nice campground campsite rather got a fire pit picnic table area back
there for a tent or perhaps a dining fly or something like that it has an
electrical hook-up and it’s a pull through site but no water we enjoyed our
visit to Picacho Peak State Park so much on the way in that we had to stop for a
few more views on the way out if you have questions about our visit to this
state park please be sure to leave them in the comments below
till next time this is Kay and Matt from happy trails hiking

28 Comments on "Picacho Peak State Park – Hiking and Campground Tour – Park Travel Review"


  1. Always a good day when you learn something new. Had to decide was this going to be supper or breakfast, supper won 😀😆

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  2. I always enjoy the scenery in AZ. Thanks for showing me the hike! What were the temperatures like while you were there?

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  3. A great adventure. Thumbs up 👍🏽 loved this arid hike, thank you for taking us along and showing us this beautiful landscape. 👍🏽🙏🏽🤗

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  4. Arizona is a great state to explore lot to see. Great video Kay & Mark. Stay safe on your adventures my friends

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  5. Reminds me of the Sitting Bull Falls Trail we went on in New Mexico, but with Saguaro! It's so very pretty there! I can't wait to get back to Arizona. Shame about the water shortage, but definitely worth it for the beautiful desert views! Might have to check this one out sometime. I wonder if there is a fire ban to go along with the water shortage? Loved the timelapse too! We got to see Trekker for most of the video! Awesome!

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  6. Cool. I didn't know there were Civil War battles that far west. Those are big cacti. They have snake-like roots. Enjoyed the scenery.

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  7. Looks like you picked an awesome day for a hike, some serious cactus, love the music mixed in, thx for taking us along

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  8. Are you going to have time to go to any Harvey Houses? I bet it is nice to be where it is warm. Those roots are cool. It is amazing how tall the cacti are there

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  9. Had no idea the civil war went so far west or that cacti could have bark like that! Always appreciate learning new things whenever we visit your channel! Beautiful hike!

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  10. Looks like a beautiful day to go exploring in the desert! We drove by that park many times but never had a chance to explore it. Even thought about camping there ourselves! Thanks for sharing the adventure with us! – Shane

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  11. Matt hiked this trail and the other day hikes in Arizona using the TETON Sports Oasis 1100 Backpack. If you are looking for a good pack for short day hikes, please click this link: https://amzn.to/3a4CXNT

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  12. Hi Trekker! The trails are wonderful, we will have to check it out next time we are in the area. Looks like it a nice for hiking. What a view from the campground! Love the desert and these mind-blowing Saguaros 😀 Thank you Kay and Matt!

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  13. Great video!!! Funny you are in my backyard while I’m in the UK 😉 With all the hiking I’ve done all over Arizona, I’ve only been to Picacho Peak once 14 years ago (before I had a smart phone and video’d my hikes)! Did you know it takes a Saguaro 75-100 years to grow an arm?? 🌵🌵 thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed my State!!!

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