All of the following welcome families except as noted. Both tenters and RVers will find especially scenic settings at Catalina State Park, in the Coronado National Forest, and at Gilbert Ray Campground. Seniors have many RV parks catering just to them with recreation facilities and activities. The Tucson Official Visitors Guide and the Yellow Pages list other RV parks and campgrounds.
Catalina State Park (12 miles north of Tucson on Oracle Road/AZ 77, 520/628-5798, $12 no hookups, $19 w/electric and water) offers campsites with showers and a dump station in the foothills of the Santa Catalinas. You and your horse can camp in the equestrian center.
Several Coronado National Forest campgrounds (520/749-8700) line the Catalina Highway, beginning with Molino Basin, 18 miles from Tucson; see the Santa Catalina Mountains section above.
Gilbert Ray Campground (McCain Loop Rd. in Tucson Mountain Park, 520/883-4200, $10 tent, $20 RV w/electric) has a desert setting, eight miles west of town; cars can take Speedway Boulevard (I-10 Exit 257) west over Gates Pass, but large rigs should follow Ajo Way and Kinney Road. The campground has a dump station but no showers. The first signed turnoff from Kinney Road is two miles before the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the second turnoff is 0.9 mile after the museum.
Desert Trails RV Park (3551 S. San Joaquin Rd., 520/883-8340, $21 RV w/hookups) is just south of Tucson Mountain Park off Ajo Highway. It's an adult park, but children are welcome in summer when the adjacent Water World is open.
Prince of Tucson RV Park (3501 N. Freeway, 520/887-3501 or 800/955-3501, $26 RV w/hookups) has a swimming pool, hot tub, and recreation room. It's four miles northwest of downtown on the west side of I-10 off Prince Road Exit 254.
Tratel Tucson RV Park (2070 W. Fort Lowell Rd., 520/888-5401, www.tra-tel.com, $19 RV w/hookups) in the north part of town caters mainly to seniors and offers a pool and recreation room. Take I-10 Prince Road Exit 254, then go a half mile south on the west frontage road.
Whispering Palms RV Trailer Park (3445 N. Romero Rd., 520/888-2500 or 800/266-8577, $18.23 tent, $23.57 RV w/hookups) offers a pool, shuffleboard court, and recreation hall. From I-10 Prince Road Exit 254, head east, then south on Romero.
Crazy Horse RV Campground (6660 S. Craycroft Rd., 520/574-0157 or 800/279-6279, www.crazyhorserv.com, $21.70 tent or RV) has a pool and recreation room. It's southeast of downtown; take I-10 Exit 268, then drive a quarter mile north on Craycroft.
Cactus Country RV Resort (10195 S. Houghton Rd., 520/574-3000 or 800/777-8799, $16.50 tent, $27 RV w/hookups) welcomes seniors and families with a pool, hot tub, and organized winter activities. It's 16 miles southeast of downtown off I-10; take Exit 275, then go 0.2 mile north.
Seniors can enjoy a wide range of recreation and entertainment programs at large RV resorts such as Rincon Country West RV Resort (4555 S. Mission Rd., four miles south of Tucson off I-19 Ajo Way Exit 99, 520/294-5608 or 800/782-7275, $33 RV w/hookups), Western Way RV Resort (3100 S. Kinney Rd., west from 1-19 Ajo Way Exit 99, 520/578-1715 or 800/292-8616, $32 RV w/hookups), and Voyager RV Resort (8701 S. Kolb Rd., just south of I-10 Kolb Road Exit 270, 520/574-5000 or 800/424-9191, $42.96 RV w/hookups).
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