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    Picacho, AZ - Picacho Peak State Park

    May 11 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Picacho Peak State Park is one of our favorite stops. So, while we traveled only 35 miles from our last stop, we had to stop at one of our favorites again.

    The draw here is the scenery. It can't be anything else since there is nothing else here, except for a gas station and a Diary Queen off the interstate. The State Park surrounds its namesake, Picacho Peak. The Peak, all 1,500' of it, is a prominent point in southern Arizona that is hard to miss. As such, Picacho Peak has been used as a landmark for travelers for centuries.

    Mormans on their way to California constructed a wagon road through Picacho Pass. Miners seeking riches in California used the same road. The famous Butterfield Overland Stage made the Peak a stop. The Peak was witness to the farthest west Civil War battle, the Battle of Picacho Pass.

    Today travelers and campers come to enjoy the wildflower blooms in the Spring, hiking throughout the Park including treking to the Peak summit, and the rugged beauty of the Sonoran Desert.
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