Picacho State Recreation Area

California State Park

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Inter-Park Rd. / Picacho Rd. Winterhaven, CA 92283 760-996-2963 Official Website

GPS: 33.0224, -114.6143

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Overview of Picacho State Recreation Area

Number of Sites 54

Pad Type dirt

Elevation 196 ft / 59 m

Max Length 35 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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John & BJ
Mesa, AZ
19' Scamp Trailers 19 Deluxe
Ram 1500
163 reviews
“Great Resource for Paddlers”

Reviewed 1/23/2015

Nightly rate: $25
Days stayed: 2
Overall Rating

Picacho State Recreation Area (main) is located at the end of an 18 mile gravel (and often washboard) road. There are 54 sites in the main campground along with potable water and an RV dump. When I was last there in January, 2014, there were only 6 sites occupied. Some sites are shaded, many have good solar potential. There is some interesting hiking in the area. The fee varies from $20 to $30 depending on how many licensed vehicles you have (three max). In my opinion, the claim to fame is the solar hot water system for the showers. Wonderful after a couple days on the river!

Picacho also has some remote sites ($25) that are motor vehicle accessible. Outback is located on the northern border of the park next to a section of the Imperial Wildlife Refuge. The road is said to be very rough. The road to 4-S was reasonably good this year according to a couple fellows that drove in while I was there.

I've visited Picacho a number of times, but always from the river. It makes a great, legal location to break up the 35 miles of river between Walter's Camp, CA. and Fisher's Landing, AZ.

Site Quality

John & BJ would stay here again

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John & BJ
Mesa, AZ
19' Scamp Trailers 19 Deluxe
Ram 1500
163 reviews
Just Finding Our Way: 8th Annual 'Friends of Helen' Colorado River Trip

A long time paddling friend puts together a lower Colorado River trip over MLK weekend every year. It’s a 35 mile section of river that I really enjoy, and we manage to stretch the trip out to thre...

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • group sites
  • restrooms: vault
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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