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.
years ago Picacho was a gold mining town with 100
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.
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