We’ve been staying at Picacho Peak State Park for the last four days. We have totally enjoyed our stay. And it was made even more enjoyable when we ran into our new friends from Quartzite, Jeff and Susan from New Jersey. Each of us had been traveling in different directions after the Quartzite Outside Our Bubble Get Together, only to run into each other here at Picacho Peak. We shared campfires for a couple nights before they headed out for Karcher Caverns.
Picacho Peak State Park is located about halfway between Casa Grande and Tucson, and is a beautiful park just off of Interstate 10, but not too close. Noise is really not a factor. You can read our review on Campendium if you want to know more.
We will be leaving here on Sunday. And, as I write this, I have no idea where we are headed. Maybe we’ll move closer to Tucson. Or maybe we will take Interstate 8 west until the turnoff for Organ Pipe Cactus N.P. Or, we might head to the northwest toward Apache Junction. OR, we might change our mind and extend our stay here. Decisions, decisions.
One of the things we are still struggling with personally, is whether we are hikers or not. My view is that if we WERE hikers, we would have been hiking long before being on the road and retired. But the sad truth is that we have done very little hiking in our past lives.
I bring this up because THIS park has provided excellent opportunities for walking hikes thru beautiful garden-like desert, or more challenging REAL hikes, either straight up the face to the tip top of Picacho Peak, or up and along the ridge of the entire mountain, all on well-maintained trails. We hiked none of the above (no pun). Maybe, being part-timers for the moment, and only recently retired with so much free-time, we’re still finding our groove. Maybe over night we will BECOME hikers. Why not? We already have the backpacks…and the hiking shoes …and the hats.
On the other hand, we also have a Jeep. Had there been a Jeep trail on Picacho Peak, we’d already be looking down from the top. 🙂