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Home Things to Do Festivals Experience the Civil War in the Southwest at Picacho Peak State Park

Experience the Civil War in the Southwest at Picacho Peak State Park

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Experience a little known part of the American Civil War when Arizona State Parks and Civil War re-enactors present the Civil War in the Southwest, March 10 and 11, 2012 at Picacho Peak State Park.

This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Engagement of Picacho Pass. In addition, the 2012 Civil War in the Southwest is an official Arizona Centennial Event.

civilwar_05Visitors 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.

More than 200 re-enactors come from many states and will camp at the park with their authentic Civil War camping gear.

Food and beverage concessions are also available, including the popular Kettle corn vendor. Vehicle entrance fee: $10 up to four persons. Each additional person is $3. Individual entrance fee is $3 for walk-in or bike.

Gate Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and entry to park is permitted only during Gate Hours. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No Dogs are permitted in event area. Event supported by the Arizona State Parks Foundation.

Visitors traveling along I-10 in southern Arizona can't miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park.

Enjoy the view as you hike the trails that wind up the peak and, often in the spring, overlook a sea of wildflowers. 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. One of the first recordings was in the 1700s by the Anza Expedition as it passed through the area.

The park facilities include a visitor center with exhibits and a gift store, hiking trails, playground, historical markers, campground, picnic areas, ramadas, grills, dump station, restrooms, and showers.

The group use areas, for day and overnight use, are available by reservation. Before you hike, be prepared with enough water and proper footwear as the trails are steep and challenging.

For more information, contact Arizona State Parks at (800) 285-3703 or visit the Website at
http://azstateparks.com .

 
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