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Windward View of Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak is a well known landmark outside Tucson, AZ. Now the center of an eponymously named state park, the volcanic cone rises 1,500 feet above the Sonoran Desert floor. 

In Spanish, the word "picacho" means "peak," creating an interesting redundancy. In 1775 Father Francisco Garces called it "Taca Hill," using the O'odham nation word for the peak. For a time, it was also called Tucson Peak. 

The photo of the peak was taken from the peak's windward side, opposite of the view from from I-10. The valley photo was taken from the trail leading up the peak. 

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