Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Arizona Desert

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.

      It was mostly nice enough to sit outside and relax and enjoy the views. However, the winds seem to be following us or what I call March Madness. We had to pull in the slides one night as it was blowing so hard. We only spent two nights here but would definitely come back again. There is actually a Civil War reenactment this coming weekend where a battle actually fought in this area took place, but we wanted to get to Tucson before the weekend. It is spring break in Arizona and then New Mexico over the next few weeks and some of the campgrounds are full throughout that time. Well, another lovely sunset and then onto Tucson.


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