One of the really fun, close places to head out to for an overnight camp is Picacho Peak State Park.
Located a short 65 mile drive south on I-10 Picacho Peak offers a lot of challenges for your youth. Picacho Peak was mentioned by Juan Bautista de Anza during his expedition in the 1770’s to California. It is also the site of the western most engagement of the Civil War. Use the link above to reserve a camp site. The amenities include tent sites, restrooms and water. Bring your own fire wood. After a pleasant night camping you can hike the 1500 ft peak all the way to the top. The trail has a chute just before the summit that involves the use of secure chains and steps adding a little excitement to the hike. It’s always fun to have a bit of a technical challenge! The view from the top is stunning! There’s a visitor center where you can learn about the geology and history of the peak. Best time to go to Picacho Peak is fall or spring, but the park is open year round