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Picacho Reservoir - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Picacho Reservoir, Arizona 85128, USA

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About Picacho Reservoir

Picacho Reservoir is just 11 miles south of Coolidge in central Arizona. The reservoir was built in the 1920s as part of the San Carlos Irrigation Project. The reservoir's original purpose was water storage and flow regulation for the Florence-Casa Grande and Casa Grande Canals. The lake's design capacity was 24,500 acre-feet of water, with a surface area of over 2 square miles.

Attractions Near Picacho Reservoir

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument16.61km from Picacho Reservoir

Here you’ll find the Ancient Sonoran Desert People’s farming community including the preserved “Great House,” or “Casa Grande.” It also preserves a group of Hohokam structures dating to the Classic Period. visitors can explore the extensive and fascinating compound with the help of guided tours and an interpretive center that offers answers to questions, and leaves you to ponder a few more questions yet to be solved.

Newman Peak
Newman Peak16.71km from Picacho Reservoir

Newman Peak is the highest point of the Picacho Mountains, a compact range with impressive prominence located in the desert about 45 miles north of Tucson. despite its impressive profile and prominence, Newman Peak is difficult to access and very few people actually attempt its summit. It is one of the iconic attraction in this area and also an interesting trekking area too.

Pinal County Historical Museum
Pinal County Historical Museum21.55km from Picacho Reservoir

This is the oldest historical organization in Pinal County. The museum shares Florence and Pinal County’s rich stories through exhibits and educational programs. The museum covers Florence’s rich history and cultural diversity from precontact Native Americans to 21st-century local families who have lived, worked and attended school—continuously enriching our collective stories.

McFarland State Historic Park
McFarland State Historic Park22.65km from Picacho Reservoir

A majestic and small historic park located in downtown Florence, Arizona on the corner of Main and Ruggles Streets. The park consists of a preserved courthouse and other buildings dating to the Arizona Territory period. The original structure was built in 1878 with the addition of a jail in 1882 and the courthouse in 1891. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Saint Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery
Saint Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery22.83km from Picacho Reservoir

St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery standing in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. It was established in the summer of 1995 in the name of Saint Anthony the Great. The closest town is Florence, Arizona. It is home for approximately 42 monks. It is open to both Orthodox and non-Orthodox visitors. Pilgrims can arrange to stay at the monastery in guest facilities, and other visitors are invited in daily from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Poston Butte
Poston Butte23.89km from Picacho Reservoir

Poston Butte, is a hill located along Hunt Highway in Florence, Pinal County, Arizona, United States, near the eastern end of the Santan Mountains. Geologically, it is characterized by basalts overlying altered granite.This hill is noted for having the pyramidal tomb of Charles Debrille Poston at its summit.

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Pinal County
Pinal County
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Pinal County is in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. The county seat is in the town of Florence, home to the 1891 second Pinal County Courthouse, a noteworthy example of the American-Victorian style and 19th-century construction technology on the Southwestern frontier. Visitor attractions in Pinal County include Oracle State Park, Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park near Superior, Picacho Peak State Park, Florence Townsite Historic District, and Casa Grande Ru