Picacho State Recreation Area


Campground Type
State Park

Winterhaven, Southern California


Picacho State Recreation Area

Campground Details

Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 54

About: 100 years ago Picacho was a gold mining town with 100 citizens. Today the site is a State Park, popular with boaters, hikers, anglers and campers. The park offers diverse scenery, including beavertail cactus, wild burros, bighorn sheep 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.

As in any desert country, travelers on this road should carry extra water and other essential supplies. All motor vehicles are required to stay on the authorized routes of travel in the recreation area. In case of trouble it is best to keep calm and remain near your vehicle and in the shade until help arrives.

Directions: 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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mosquito heaven

stayed at picacho april 14 thru 17 2011. Most of the campsites are very private. first site we chose 6 because it was hidden behind trees and was very large and shaded. probably the largest site. BUT after the first 15 minutes we realized under the trees is bad due to mosquitos! we each had about 20 bites in 15 minutes! we sprayed down with repellanr and set up camp. we decided the next morning to move! we were covered in bites. so with the advice of the ranger lady we moved to 52. next to the cemetary. much better! ...
Apr 21, 2011

Picacho SRA

Haven't been there for a few years but have been there twice. First time there the weather was very warm but not intolerable. Second time it was around 110-115 degrees during the day and upper 90s at night. Whew! Can't remember what the time of the year it was. Late fall I believe. Learned to handle the heat with a lawn chair in the water on the boat ramp. Water was cold so it was a heavenly match. The mosquitoes was horrible in the evening. Mosquito repellent is a must, even ...
Jan 01, 2010

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