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Picacho State Recreation Area, CA

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Distance Round Trip 0 miles
Trailhead Elevation 192 feet
Interest Off Trail Hiking
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Colorado River - Walter's Camp to Squaw Lake
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10  2009-06-04 gummo
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Nov
Sun  6:19am - 5:26pm
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Fauna Nearby

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Overview: Picacho State Recreation Area is located on the lower Colorado river at the site of Picacho, a defunct gold mining town. Now it's over-run by wild burros left over by the miners.

The park offers diverse scenery, including beavertail cactus, bighorn sheep, desert tortoises, coyotes, foxes, beavers, speckled rattlesnakes, and thousands of migratory waterfowl. The park is on one leg of the Pacific Flyway. Eight miles of the lower Colorado River are the recreation area's eastern border. Most people are there to fish.

Day use, fishiing, and campground are open all day and night. First-come first-served camping, contact the park directly for information and fees - 760-996-2963. Driving to the park is possible in a car risky due to the loose sand, especially after a storm. AWD or 4x4 is recommended.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    CA State Parks - Fee: typically $2-$15 per vehicle, view more information

    Map Drive

    To hike
    Take the 24-mile (mostly unpaved) road north from Winterhaven near the Mexican border. The road to Picacho from Winterhaven is paved only for the first 6 of 24 miles. The last 18 miles is over a dirt road that is passable for cars and vehicles with trailers and motorhomes. At times during the summer thunderstorms are likely to cause flash flooding in the washes, temporarily making short sections of the road impassable.
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