Civil War in the Southwest


Have you ever wondered what the Civil War was really like in the Wild West? Picacho Peak State Park brings it all to life on March 18th and 19th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hosted by Arizona State Parks, you’ll be treated to historical re-enactments of Arizona’s involvement in the American Civil War—the Battle of Picacho Pass. Also known as the Battle of Picacho Peak, it’s the only time Arizona participated in the epic war.

The original battle took place on April 15, 1862, and it was between Union cavalry patrolmen from California. The local Confederate soldiers of Tucson took to battle, and now every year hundreds of attendees flock to Tucson to see the legendary battle re-enacted with professional actors, stuntmen, and incredible costumery.

War Games

The Picacho Pass area is a beautiful and popular campground and hiking destination year-round. In fact, many attendees choose to camp for a day or two nearby to really get the full experience. Others prefer the great comforts of their guest room, just a few miles away. Known for the 1,500-foot peak and amazing views, spring is an especially gorgeous time to visit as you’re greeted by acres of wildflowers.

Varied desert plants and geological intricacies make this a beautiful backdrop for the re-enactment. In fact, as early as the 1700s, explorers penned down just how mesmerizing the landscape was in the Anza Expedition. Bring the whole family to experience a one-of-a-kind “throwback” to Tucson’s history.


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