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Old 09-08-2009, 11:16 PM   #1
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Best Private RV Campground Tuscon Area

Hi I'm going to AZ. this winter for the 1st time.I'm thinking of the the Tucson area.I would really appreciate any suggestions. Since I've never been to this area I really don't know anything about it much. But I do perfer being in a campground that is closer to nature. Since my wife and I like to hike/bike and do some birdwatching.I've gone to Florida or Texas previously so I'm really looking forward to a change this winter. Please any suggestions would be great! Thank You
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:56 AM   #2
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We have all sorts of campgrounds. Do you do dry camping or boondocking?
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We stayed at Justin's Diamond J RV park west of town last year for about a month and definitely would go back- borders on nat'l forest (read cactus) with trails and near Desert Museum - about 20 min to town in natural setting - folks that run it are very nice and spaces are large. Only downside is that the wifi can get pretty slow at times.
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We also will be in the Tucson area this winter. Will check this campground out. Thanks for the info.

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Hi I'm going to AZ. this winter for the 1st time.I'm thinking of the the Tucson area.I would really appreciate any suggestions. Since I've never been to this area I really don't know anything about it much. But I do perfer being in a campground that is closer to nature. Since my wife and I like to hike/bike and do some birdwatching.I've gone to Florida or Texas previously so I'm really looking forward to a change this winter. Please any suggestions would be great! Thank You
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Hi Jim,

It might not suit your "closer to nature" wishes, but we have stayed many times at "Rincon Country West" RV park which on Mission, just South of Ajo in the south western suburbs of Tucson.

It is a large 55+ park and has every possible amenity. I think rates are around $45 a day, but they a dozen or two sites that they call "Internet sites" which rent for half price. They are less expensive because they or on the edge of the property and border onto a private road in to a hopsuing development.

We have used the "internet sites" three times for about two weeks each visit and always found them to be fine. A large hedge & chain link fence separates them from the road and we have not been bothered by any traffic noise.

Although it is in the outskirts of Tucson, you can walk in ten minutes west across Mission Rd. to small mountains that are great for local hikes, and really nothing is that far away. Plus of course you do have the benefit of full hookups, nice pool, gymn equipt etc if that is of interest.

I appreciate it may not be what you are looking for, but thought I would mention anyway!

Brian.

(PS - we used be neighbours of yours some years back when we lived in Sarnia for four years! Often use to visit Port Huron!)
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Close to nature campgrounds near Tucson:

Catalina State Park (Tucson)...elect/water, no sewer, but a dump station...close to town and shopping...first come first served...busy in the winter.

Gilbert Ray Campground (Pima County run and part of the Tucson Mountain Park)...elect, water available, but not at each site), no sewer, but a dump station...close to town, Desert Museum, Old Tucson, Saguaro National Monument West...first come first served...

Picacho Peak State Park (on I-10 40 miles north of Tucson)...elect, water available (but not at each site), no sewer, but a dump station...first come first served...

Karchner Caverns State Park (near Benson on I-10)...elect/water, no sewer, but a dump station...first come first served...

Roper Lake State Park (near Safford, north of I-10 east of Willcox) ...elect/water, no sewer, but a dump station...close to town and shopping...reservations can be made...

Patagonia Lake State Park (near Patagonia...15 mi from Nogales)...elect/water, no sewer, but a dump station...marina with rentals...birding destination...

Lost Dutchman State Park (just north of Apache Junction in west metro Phx)...dry camping..close to town and shopping...

Chiricauhua National Monument (extreme SE corner of AZ)...dry camping...may have length restrictions...

Organ Pipe National Monument (extreme SW part of AZ near Mexico border)...dry camping..

If it were us: we'd make reservations at a private place (or one of the public parks where you can make reservations) for a few weeks, get the lay of the land and then move around Southern Arizona and make day trips to all the great places to visit...
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