Immediately south of Interstate 10, between Tucson and Casa Grande, this westernmost Civil War battlefield (fought on April 15, 1862) and 3,440-acre state park usually sprouts gold poppies, desert lupin and globe mallow
. Hiking is popular (602-466-3183).
Now through June, the gently undulating landscape is scattered with Western wallflower, lupine, Indian paintbrush, and scarlet globe mallow
. Reservations are required for all programs: guided moonlight walks ($4) at 7:30 on full-moon nights (next, May 9); wagon rides ($4) Fridays at 7:30 June through September; wagon tours ($2) June 2, 9, 16, and 23.
Now through April, you may also see the orange of globe mallow
, purplish hues of indigo bush, and golds of desert marigold.