The greater Tucson area encompasses hundreds of trails. You could hike a different trail every day for a year and still have more to see. Whether you prefer challenging climbs or scenic strolls, there are trails for every interest, age and ability. This series will introduce you to some of the many available options, including short walks, nature trails, birding trails, biking trails, scenic trails, historic trails and trails to test your stamina. Read on, then get out there and explore!
Info Station and Lookout
The 1,500-foot summit of Picacho Peak can be seen for miles, a distinctive landmark in the desert between Tucson and Phoenix. In the spring, the destination is popular for its abundance of wildflowers. It is also known for its historical relevance as the site of the westernmost point of the Civil War. The Anza Expedition was the first to record this landmark in written documentation dating to the 1700s, although its unique shape made it a geographical reference point for travelers long before then.
Hunter Trail is considered one of the most difficult within the Arizona State Park system (steel cables help climbers reach the top of the peak), but there are also plenty of short walks in the park that are easy enough for even the most casual hikers and small children to enjoy.
- Children’s Cave Trail — 0.2 miles, one way; easy
- Nature Trail — 0.5 miles, one way; easy
- Calloway Trail — 0.7 miles, one way; moderate
- Sunset Vista Trail — 3.1 miles, one way; moderate to difficult
- Hunter Trail — 2 miles, one way; difficult
Picacho Peak State Park is approximately 50 miles north of Lazydays Tucson. The park entrance is located on Picacho Peak Rd., Picacho, AZ 85141. GPS: 32.645952, -111.401153
RV parking is easy in the Overflow Parking lot located near the Sunset Day Use Area. This parking area has access to the Sunset Vista Trailhead. RV parking is also available along Barrett Loop (right-hand-side parking is allowed on the one-way loop), with easy access to the children’s playground, picnic areas and all five trails within the park.
Children's Cave Trailhead
$7 per vehicle (1 to 4 adults); free with an Arizona State Parks Annual Entrance Pass.
For more information, visit http://azstateparks.com/Parks/PIPE or call 520.466.3183.
Picacho Peak Visitor's Center
Note: All trail lengths and difficulty ratings are estimates only; always confirm your route in advance of each hike. Be aware that park and trailhead hours may vary by location, season and managing agency, so be sure to check before you go. If you’re new to Tucson’s trails, heed our hiking tips for the safety and comfort of you and your hiking companions.