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Old 03-24-2005, 11:04 PM   #1
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Camping near Tucson (and the Grand Canyon)

I will be in Tucson, AZ off and on this year on business for two weeks at a time. I would like to take my family and the airstream with me once school lets out.

I would like any recommendations for camping in the Tucson area.
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Old 03-25-2005, 09:38 AM   #2
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This is our sixth year wintering at Mission View RV Park. (Phone 520-741-1945)
Site widths are quite adequate but all are back-in. You might want to check them out in Woodalls.

The park is in the southwest corner of the Tucson area. It is within two miles of the San Xavier Mission Just off of IS 19 towards Nogales.

It is on the Tohono Oodham indian reservation.

Just one place to look at.
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Old 03-25-2005, 10:03 AM   #3
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Keep in mind when school lets out, it will be May/June and Tucson will be well into summer conditions with temps hovering around 103 degrees during the day. Nights, the temperatures are pleasant, but you will need A/C. That said, you may want to check out Tucson Mountain Regional Park. This park is a large pristine desert area with one campground set aside for RV's. This campground is quite pleasant, although hookups are for electricity only, but free water and a free dump station are available in the park. I think the cost was about $20 per day. The campground is far enough away from highways, etc where you won't hear traffic noise. And, at that time of the year, it will be lightly used. If your aren't familiar with the desert, this would be a chance to enjoy it up close and personal. The variety of plant and animal life is stunning. You might do a Google search for Tucson Mountain Regional Park for more information.
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South Forty RV Ranch, Tucson

Stayed here a little over a week ago on the way to Vegas. Nothing particularly special about it, pretty cramped. We were only there one night. It looked to be mostly retirees and full-timers, and seemed geared to that demographic. We 're in our late 30's with no kids, but to be honest, we didn't feel particularly welcome. They are considered an adult park, but I think if you have kids and are just passing through, then it is okay to stay. I don't imagine we'll return, though.
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Check out Catalina state park

If you can find a site (possibly hard this time of year) Catalina is a nice park. Not right in Tucson though.
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The best park we camped in Tucson is Western Way R.V. Park. It is on Hwy 86 or Ajo Rd. If you go south on 10 to 19 you will run into Ajo rd or (86). Go to Kenney rd ( 6miles) turn Right or north on Kenney Rd. for about 2 miles. The park will be on your left on Western Way Rd. It is a good Sam park and is listed in your Triler L ife directory. It is only about 2 miles away from Old Tucson Studios.Great place.
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Old 03-25-2005, 09:18 PM   #7
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Old Tucson in nearly in the middle of Tucson Mountain Regional park. About a mile west of the Old Tucson Studios is Gilbert Ray Campground. It is the campground referred to in my earlier post.
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Thank y'all so much for the leads on camping in Tucson. I will be in the area soon (by myself this trip) and will check out the places mentioned.

If my family does accompany me later this year, I will probably go home by way of the Grand Canyon. Any ideas up that way?

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silverback is right; Catalina State Park is nice. The problem for some is--it does not have on-site sewer; there is a dump station.

When we stay more than one night at a park, we need sewer. Maybe we are just use a lot of water and make a lot of grey water.

We live here (in Oro Valley) so we haven't stayed in many RV parks here in the area.

Beaudry looks nice (no trees) and Voyager may be nice...but most are "geared" to the retired/older group.

We do not mind basic parks--very basic if they have full hook-ups. You might check out Wishing Well RV Park in Catalina. It is basic. has full hook-ups and is about 5 miles north of Catalina State Park off of Oracle Road (AZ Highway 77) in Catalina.
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Hi There, From Tucson you will go to Flagstaf Turn west to Williams. Camp there. There cpuple of camp ground in Williams that are good. If you have time take the train from Williams to the Grand Canyon. This a great trip for young and old. Do not go there in the winter since it has a habit for snowing there and it is cold. The altitude runs about 6500 feet.There is alot to see in Williams. When we were camped there we drove to Sedona. I would not recomend to take the trailer there. Very narrow road and steep.
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the ponz--be careful, Williams, AZ is quite a daily commute to Tucson even for two weeks.

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Dear Ponz family,
Consider the Patagonia Lake state park, 70 mi. southeast of Tucson. A tolerable commute into town if you have to engage in business matters, but terrific for youngsters. This very quiet park is at 4000+ ft above sea level, and consequently much cooler than Tucson (2000 ft), has a 250 acre lake for swimming, boating and fishing. The surrounding area, mountainous, is among the most scenic in Az., and has abandoned mines & ghost towns, and real cattle ranches.

Also, just 11 miles north of the border to Mexico, a cultural about-face, an educational opportunity to expose your children to the realities of third world commerce; trinkets, smuggling, and real enchiladas.

Most (but not all) trailer parks in or around Tucson can be divided into two categories. The 3M type (marijuana, methamphetamine & mayhem) or those that are geezer friendly. You won't really feel comfortable in the latter unless your children are almost eligible for social security.

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Tagging on to this old thread, we are interested in finding a campground for a one-week visit in early February. We prefer spacious sites with full hookups, but don't need a resort-like place with clubrooms, shuffleboard, etc. We want to explore the area in and around Tucson and just want a pleasant base of operations. Oh, it must permit dogs too.

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Hi myoung, ..... might consider Wishing Well RV Park in Catalina, AZ -- they are up Oracle Road (AZ Highway 77) not far from Catalina State Park.

There is a new Bashas grocery store in Catalina and a branch Pima County Branch Library (for the kids).

Wishing Well RV Park does have full hook-ups (E, W, S) but is not a glamour spot I/we would stay there but then we are old and life has not be easy .... we NEED full hook-ups. You will be safer than some parks/park locations I will not mention.
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