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Arizona State Parks presents a historical re-enactment of Arizona's only Civil War battle, the Battle of Picacho Pass on April 15, 1862, featuring costumed soldiers staging battles at the actual site. Each year hundreds of spectators descend on Picacho Peak State Park to watch re-enactments of an Arizona Civil War skirmish and the New Mexico battles of Glorieta and Val Verde. Visitors travel from around the country to experience three fascinating historic battle re-enactments complete with lifestyles of the soldiers in the southwest during the 1860s.
The annual spring explosion of yellow, purple and blue wildflowers in the Arizona desert may be lackluster this year because of the dry winter.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Phoenix Police Department, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations in Douglas now have five suspects in custody for murder and are looking for a sixth suspect who has a warrant for his arrest for murder.
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Like many state parks throughout Southern Arizona, the springtime is a good time to see Picacho Peak State Park.
Hikers make their way down from a difficult trail at Picacho Peak State Park.
Visitors traveling along I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson can’t miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak at Picacho Peak State Park. The park and surrounding area are known for its unique geological significance, outstanding and varied desert growth, and historical importance. The unique shape has been used as a landmark by travelers since prehistoric times.
The Arizona State Land Department is reviewing two reports of consultants charged with preparing an engineering assessment and an economic assessment of the possible sale of 900 acres of state trust land near Picacho Peak to Union Pacific Railroad for a proposed switching yard.
The charm of a desert in bloom
Arizona’s state parks offer an economical option for summer vacations, providing more than 1,000 campsites for campers. Parks such as Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area in Show Low are booking quickly and Roper Lake in Safford is popular since it is next to Mount Graham. Lyman Lake near Springerville will be open June 17-Oct. 17 and the park has cabins, yurts, a swimming beach and hot showers. If you choose the yurts and cabins your family can stay for $35-$50 a night. The campsites in the parks also offer many amenities, including hot showers.
Close to 50 miles north of Tucson, I-10 traffic rumbles past Picacho Peak, an isolated mountain jutting into the sky west of exit 219. Can drivers and their passengers not wonder what’s involved in reaching the summit? Shouldering a pack at the trailhead for the peak’s Hunter Trail recently, I would soon answer the question.
MUSD candidate forum to be held on Oct. 5
Picacho Peak State Park and four others slated to close on June 3 will remain open.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, John and Andrea Wise rest at the saddle on Picacho Peak, and take in the view of the backside of the park. Picacho Peak State Park was slated to close on June 3, but will now remain open for a trial period of one year as a result of an agreement and funding commitment from the town of Eloy.
In March, thousands of visitors made the trip to Picacho Peak State Park to hike the trails, photograph the blooming wildflowers … and take one last look around.
The recently concluded special session of the Arizona State Legislature may have put to rest the long-outstanding budget.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, One of the large attractions this time of year at Picacho Peak State Park is the wide abundance of wildflower that blooms throughout the park.