We are headed for New Mexico but are making a few stops in Arizona on the way. I read about Picacho Peak in one of the blogs and that sounded like a good stopping point. It is a beautiful desert state park right off the 10, but is far away enough so you don't hear much of the traffic. Its centerpiece spire is visible from downtown Tucson.. The summit rises to 3,374 feet.. Though appearing to be the remnant of a volcanic neck, it is now believed to be a tilted and eroded piece of rock overlain by a lava flow. Picacho actually means big peak in Spanish and so name is redundant. There are several hiking trails up to the top of the peak. One part you need gloves as you have to pull yourself up by chains.
The sites at the campground are large and have great views.