Campsite Review: Picacho Peak Campground

Campsite Review: Picacho Peak Campground

Campsite Review: Picacho Peak Campground located just to the south of Interstate 10 about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. It is a very nice campground.

No water is available at the campground… I will be saying this again and again.

At the campground, there are three loops with 87 well-spaced large sites with electricity. We like the back-in sites in loop A the best because they are larger than the pull-through sites. Pull through sites also seem to have more slope.

Typical Campsite at Picacho Peak
Typical Campsite at Picacho Peak. The picture makes it look short, but really it is about two and a half RVs wide and fifty feet long. We parked our RV nearly in the middle and were able to walk around the entire RV without leaving the asphalt and still had room for the car and a huge patio. Not all sites have shade structures as shown in the picture.

Picacho Peak is a very nice campground.


Website: Picacho Peak

Address: 15520 Picacho Peak Rd, Picacho AZ 85241

Link to Google Map for the area: Picacho Peak

Phone Number: 520-466-3183

Reservations: 877-697-2757 AZ State Parks

Reservations are highly recommended for all weekends between October and May.

Dates stayed: November 30 – December 7, 2020, and February 9 – 11, 2019

Comfort: Temperatures were nice. High 60-degree range. Cold in the morning and pleasant for the rest of the day.

Elevation: 2000′

Season: Year-Round

Price Paid: $31.15/ night including reservation fees

Our Site: #21 & 12

Hook-ups: Electric only

Dump station: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Shower: Yes

Laundry: No

Potable Water: No water is available at the campground… bring all the water you need.

Water to fill your RV storage tank: No

Cell service: Verizon – Good Signal / AT&T – Good Signal


Campsite Review: Campsite Review: Picacho Peak Campground insider info:

The entire area will be extremely hot in the summer.

In loop A we think the noise from traffic on the highway is less than the other two loops, but it may be our imagination. There is a small hill, which stops some of the noise from the highway and this is more effective in loop A. You can still hear the distant rumble of the train but did not hear any whistles.

The sites in all three loops are similar in layout and spacing.


The bonus here is the beauty of Picacho Peak State Park. Views are from every site. The road continues past the campground and group sites to the sunset day-use area.

The Sunset Vista trail climbs up the south side of Picacho Peak and connects to the Hunter trail eventually climbing to the top of Picacho Peak. The last part of this trail includes fixed cables to use as handholds due to the steep climb to the peak.

Sites to avoid

A Loop Sites #7, 19 & 23. B Loop Sites #3, 19, & 24


No water is available at the campground… when I say this, I mean no water. Not at your site, not at any sites except staff.

If you tow a car, make sure to tow the car into the campground, otherwise, there is a second vehicle charge for your tow vehicle.

If you fail to show up by noon the day following your reservation, you will forfeit your reservation without a refund.

Layout and Satellite Views

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