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"Civil War in the Southwest" at Picacho Peak State Park March 18 & 19

Civil War in the Southwest is an annual event held at Picacho Peak State Park depicting the historic re-enactment of an Arizona Civil War skirmish, Battle of Picacho Pass. The event also includes re-enactments of the New Mexico battles of Glorieta and Val Verde. The three re-enactments will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 and will be repeated on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Visitors travel from around the country to experience these authentic historic re-enactments complete with lifestyles of the soldiers in the southwest during the 1860s. More than 200 re-enactors come from many states and 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.

For more information about the re-enactments, please visit AZStateParks.com or call Picacho Peak State Park at (520) 466-3183. Civil War in the Southwest is being coordinated with financial support from the Union Pacific Railroad Foundation, the Arizona State Parks Foundation and the Arizona Civil War Council.

WHERE: Picacho Peak State Park - Located off Interstate 10, on exit 219; 60 miles south of Phoenix, and 40 miles north of Tucson.

WHEN: March 18 & 19, 2017. 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.

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