This past weekend we took the day to get out a little and headed to Southern Arizona. Living out in San Tan Valley, AZ – I view us smack in the middle between Phoenix and Tucson. Now, I know we are closer to Phoenix however, feels like we are in the middle at times. We find ourselves in Tucson every few months and have driven past Picacho Peak State Park every time. You can see the Arizona State Park right off the I 10 as you are heading south ( just look on your right hand side) – you can’t miss it!
Living in the desert I don’t expect to see so many flowers blooming up as spring is approaching. I typically head to California when I want to check out the flower fields but, due to the recent rains we were fortunate enough to get to witness fields full of flowers. Plus, we got to do a bit of “easy hiking” since we had our toddlers in tow.
The great thing we learned about Picacho Peak State Park was that it has hiking for all skill levels.
The first one that we tackled with our kiddos was the Children’s Cave Trail. It was an out and back trail geared towards kids. It had nature maps every couple feet to help the kids stay engaged along with a cool cave at the end to let the kids play and explore. Next up was the Nature Trail which was a nice flat trail that took you about the base of the mountain. This really gave a great view of all the various flowers that the park had. Colors of yellow, orange and purple filled the area – It was beautiful.
Nothing relaxes me more than hiking, hanging out with my family and seeing flowers. I was loving it!
Here is some more information on Picacho Peak State Park located outside of Tucson, AZ.
There is a fee to enter the park: Entrance Fee $7 or $3.50 for military with valid Active Duty ID Card
Bring plenty of water and snacks. There was a lot of picnic benches which would make for a great spot for lunch.
Sunscreen and sun protection (Hats!). We went in March so that weather was perfect! However, if you venture out in the hotter months be sure to bring necessary sun protection like hats and sunscreen. There is no shade protection on the trails.
We did the couple of easy hikes that are geared towards kids and people that are looking for just an easy stroll. We heard about a very challenging hike that we want to tackle minus the kids which takes you all the way to the top of the peak. We hear it is hard but, well worth it so we are hoping to get a date upcoming for us to make that one work.
I highly recommend getting out here before the temperature warms up and the flowers disappear. Feel free to reach out with any questions.