December 1, 2007

Picacho Peak State Park

The prominent landmark Picacho Peak rises majestically 1,500 feet above the Sonoran Desert floor about 35 miles northwest of Tucson just off Interstate 10. Hiking, camping and picnicking are the preferred pastimes here.

(I took this photo from Interstate 10 as we drove by)

The origins of the landform are apparent, as the peak is surrounded by an extensive lava field. The place name is redundant: "picacho" means "peak" in Spanish.

The park is known for beautiful wildflowers that appear in April and early May following a good showing of the seasonal winter rains.

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