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Picacho Peak State Park

Picacho Peak Road, Picacho, AZ 85141, USA  | More on: Picacho Peak »

In February 1862, a band of Confederate Rangers under Capt. Sherod Hunter raised the Stars and Bars of Tucson, Arizona, part of an effort to create an ocean-to-ocean Confederacy.  In order to thwart this move, a Union "Column from California" under Col. James H. Carleton set out across the lonely desert toward Tucson.  On April 15, Union cavalry under Lt. James Barrett met with Confederate Rangers near Picacho Peak, a rocky spire 50 miles northwest of Tucson.  Barrett was killed almost immediately and fierce combat continued for more than an hour before the Federals retreated.  Although the Rangers' victory at Picacho Pass delayed the Union force, the following month Carleton's Californian's eventually took Tucson without firing a shot.

The Civil War in the Southwest Trail at Picacho Peak State Park interprets the skirmish at Picacho Pass as well as the events that occurred within the region during the Southwestern Campaign.


Picacho Peak State Park

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Interstate 10, exit 219. Park entrance is 1/4 of a mile from I-10.

Visitor Services

Camping, gift shop, public restrooms, trails, information, handicapped access, interpretive talks (by appointment).

Regular Events

Annual Civil War in the Southwest reenactment, every third weekend in March. The battles of Picacho Pass, Valverde and Glorieta Pass are recreated.

Available Interpretation

Historic obelisk monument, Mountain Howitzer monument, signage providing detailed information and graphics, ADA-compliant interpretive trail, Civil War interpretive ranger talks (by appointment), and brochure.

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Admission Fee

$7, per car of four


8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily

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