Re-Enactments of Southwest Civil War Skirmishes at Picacho Peak State Park at "Civil War in the Southwest" on March 19-20
February 1, 2016
(Phoenix, AZ - February 10, 2016) - Join us for the annual historic re-enactment of an
Arizona Civil War skirmish, Battle of Picacho Pass, and the New Mexico battles of Glorieta and Val Verde at "Civil War in the Southwest" at Picacho Peak State Park. The three re-enactments will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 and will be repeated on Sunday, March 20, 2016. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days but gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and no further entry is allowed after 3 p.m.
Visitors travel from around the country to experience these authentic historic re-enactments complete with lifestyles of the soldiers in the southwest during the 1860. More than 200 re-enactors come in from many states and will camp at Picacho Peak State Park with their Civil War era camping gear. There will also be food and beverage concessions available. Please bring plenty of water, hat, lawn chair and sunscreen. Please note that pets are not permitted to this event.
Civil War battles across the East Coast have been well documented, but few ever learn what was happening in the West during this time. One battle of the American Civil War was a skirmish fought near a rocky spire called Picacho Peak located between Phoenix and Tucson. The Interstate highway follows the old wagon route that passed Picacho in 1862.
Special Event Vehicle Entrance Fee is $10 per vehicle for up to 4 persons, each additional person is charged $3. The entrance fee for pedestrians and bicyclists is $3 per person. There is no charge for children aged 13 and younger. Pets are not permitted in the event area. The park is located off I-10, on exit 219; 60 miles south of Phoenix, and 40 miles north of Tucson.
For more information about the re-enactments, call Picacho Peak State Park at (520) 466-3183 or visit AZStateParks.com/parks/PIPE. This year the Civil War in the Southwest event is being coordinated with financial support from the Union Pacific Railroad Foundation, the Arizona State Parks Foundation and the Arizona Civil War Council.
For information about all 30 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 or (877) MY-PARKS or visit AZStateParks.com. Campsite reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter and Facebook.