Picacho Peak State Park RV & Campground Guide

Arizona

Picacho Peak State Park

, roughly halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, is home to Picacho Peak, which is a 1,500-foot formation that has guided travelers for thousands of years. The peak sits at 3,374 feet above sea level and is surrounded by beautiful desert landscapes that produce abundant flowers in the springtime. 

It can get quite hot in the park in late spring and summer. Starting in May, temperatures begin to surpass 90 degrees Fahrenheit; by the time June hits, the daily highs are over 100 degrees with the lows descending into the 70s. The temperatures are the most moderate in the late fall through early to mid-spring. Because of the appearance of the wildflowers and the pleasant temperatures, late February through mid-April is the busiest time of the year at Picacho Peak State Park.

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Weather
Spring 52-98 F
Summer 71-100 F
Fall 42-85 F
Winter 42-75 F
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Nearby Cities
Phoenix, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Picacho Peak State Park

Camping at Picacho Peak State Park is a remarkable desert experience, one that's best enjoyed in an RV. There are options for tent camping at the park; however, having an RV in this setting gives you access to many of the amenities you'd have at home. Additionally, there is often a water shortage at Picacho Peak, so bringing extra water is advised. In an RV, you'll have plenty of room to store enough water for your time there.

If you like the sound of visiting Picacho Peak in an RV but don't actually own one, then you can pick a rental up at RVshare. RVshare is one of the easiest and most convenient places to rent an RV. 

The campground at Picacho Peak features 85 sites with electricity, which cost $30 a night between October and May and $25 a night between June and September. There are no water or sewer facilities in Picacho Peak; however, wireless internet is available for a small fee.

If the campground is full or you fancy camping somewhere nearby, then check out the following RV camping spots.

Picacho/Tucson NW KOA

Picacho/Tucson NW KOA is situated between Phoenix and Tucson and has all the amenities you'll need for a comfortable stay. It is located just off I-10 and close to a lot of action, including Picacho Peak State Park 8.8 miles away, Rooster Cogburn's Ostrich Ranch and the Casa Grande Ruins in Coolidge. Pricing details can be found on the website.

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Laundry, restaurant and bar, dog park

High Chaparral RV Park

High Chaparral RV Park has a mixture of permanent mobile homes and temporary RV spots. If you have a four-wheel vehicle, ATV or another similar toy, bring it along because High Chaparral RV Park has easy access to the Sawtooth Mountains and open desert. Pricing starts at $40 a night. Discounts are given for long-term stays.

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Community fire pits, shuffleboard courts, horseshoes, sports complex, pavilion

Valley of the Sun Mobile Home & RV Park

Valley of the Sun Mobile Home & RV Park has 70 RV spaces as well as 50 permanent sites for mobile homes. It is located just outside of downtown Tucson in Marana and about 19 miles to Picacho Peak. Daily rates start at $36.50 in the summer and $41.75 in the winter. Discounts are given for long-term stays.

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Billiards, card room, pool, laundry, shuffleboard

RV Rentals Near Picacho Peak State Park

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What to Do at
Picacho Peak State Park

Picacho Peak State Park is a great place to take in desert beauty, most notably in the early to mid-spring when the wildflowers show up.

Inside Picacho Peak State Park

Hiking: Picacho Peak trails represent every level of difficulty. Hunter Trail is the most difficult and runs for 2 miles. It is steep and has steel cables protruding from the rocks. Four other trails that are less difficult are also within the park.

Gift shop: There's a gift store inside the visitor center. You'll be able to buy plenty of souvenirs for memories of your visit to the park. Also inside the store are vending machines with snacks and drinks.

Wildlife watching: There are lots of opportunities to see a diverse selection of wildlife at Picacho Peak State Park, including mammals, reptiles and birds. Some of the mammals you might see include desert mules, badgers and desert cottontail rabbits. As far as reptiles are concerned, you can expect to see garter snakes, coach whips, diamondback rattlers and western banded geckos. Sparrows, finches, warblers, Gila woodpeckers and curve-billed thrashers are some of the birds you'll possibly spot.

Picnicking: There are plenty of picnic spots around the park. You'll find that many of them have roofs that provide shade.

Outside Picacho Peak State Park

Picacho Peak State Park is located close to a variety of interesting destinations that are easy to access. There are also some great and convenient places nearby to grab a bite to eat.

Restaurants

La Paloma Family Restaurant

La Paloma Family Restaurant serves a variety of Mexican and Italian food as well as different beers and wine at its location in Eloy.

Type: Mexican and Italian

Location: Eloy, AZ

Encore Family Restaurant

Encore Family Restaurant serves a combination of American dishes, such as burgers and fries, and a few Mexican and American fusion choices. It's in Eloy.

Type: Mexican and American

Location: Eloy, AZ

Bisbee Breakfast Club

Bisbee Breakfast Club dishes up both breakfast and lunch in Bisbee. It has a nice array of Mexican and American choices.

Type: Mexican and American

Location: Bisbee, AZ

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen is one of the closest restaurants to Picacho Peak. It's in Picacho, and it has a selection of burgers, fries and other fast-food options.

Type: Fast-food

Location: Picacho, AZ

Denny's

Denny's is a classic choice with a wide variety of food options. It's in Eloy and open 24 hours a day.

Type: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Location: Eloy, AZ

Shopping

Picacho Peak Plaza

Picacho Peak Plaza, off Exit 219 of I-10, is a full-service travel pit stop with food, gasoline and lots of interesting shopping. There's a wide selection of Southwestern gifts and gadgets as well as Native American handcrafted jewelry and Mexican imports.

Location: Picacho, AZ

Tucson Premium Outlets

At the Tucson Premium Outlets, you'll have access to some of the biggest retailers in the market today. Names represented at the outlet include Disney, Nike, GUESS, Old Navy and a whole lot more.

Location: Tucson, AZ

Sightseeing

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

Have some fun hanging out with the ostriches or some of the other critters at this famous and quirky ranch. It's only about a mile from the state park in Picacho.

Location: Picacho, AZ

Ironwood Forest National Monument

The Ironwood Forest National Monument features one of the last ironwood trees around. The area is remote, so make sure your RV is good condition and can handle a little rough driving. The monument is located 25 miles northeast of Tucson.

Location: 25 miles northeast of Tucson

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge is an old settlement that was constructed by the ancient Hohokam tribe. There's a visitor center there that gives out valuable information on this dwelling place of the past. There are also ranger-led tours available. 

Location: Coolidge, AZ

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park is the home of some of the most glorious saguaro cactus groupings around. The park is divided into two parts that are 30 miles apart. There are no developed campsites in either section, and the trails vary from easy to strenuous.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson is principally an outdoor museum with exhibits that detail local history. You can also visit its zoo and botanical garden. 

Location: Tucson, AZ

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How to Get to
Picacho Peak State Park

You can access Picacho Peak State Park from Interstate 10, which runs northwest and southeast. From the south, you'll be coming out of Tucson heading north to the park. From the north, you'll be heading out of Eloy. Driving either direction will take you to Picacho Peak Road, which you'll take westward toward the park.

Entering Picacho Peak State Park

Picacho Peak State Park is open every day from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Per Vehicle : $7

Four or fewer people

Per Person : $3

Individuals on foot or bicycle

Picacho Peak State Park is a showcase of desert beauty with Picacho Peak as its center point. You'll fall in love with the desert there. Make sure to take lots of pictures while you're there and send a few of the best ones to [email protected] RVshare would love to post them on its travel blog.