Gilbert Ray Campground

Tucson Mountain Park (Pima County)

Tucson Area, Arizona

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Gilbert Ray Campground


  • Access to the extensive Tucson Mountain Park trail system is at the end of loop "A."- Gilbert Ray Campground
  • Each loop of the campground is widely separated from the others.- Gilbert Ray Campground
  • Check-in is easy and parking is spacious.- Gilbert Ray Campground
  • Roads are wide and well-marked- Gilbert Ray Campground
  • Bathrooms (but no showers) are available in each loop, but it is a long walk from some sites.- Gilbert Ray Campground
  • Views of the surrounding mountains are stunning. This shows Kitt Peak after a rainstorm.- Gilbert Ray Campground
  • Want to explore the desert? Just step out from your campsite!- Gilbert Ray Campground
  • The Sonoran Desert Museum with it's popular raptor show is a must-see when in the area.- Gilbert Ray Campground
  • The Desert Museum also has a walk-in hummingbird aviary, which  will delight all ages.- Gilbert Ray Campground
Overview + Weather
Beautiful desert scenery. Close to Tucson. Electric hookups.
7-day stay limit.
Tucson Area, AZ
Managed by: 
Pima County
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Reservations possible: 
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Tucson Mountain Park is a beautiful 22,000-acre park managed by Pima County. Located just west of Tucson on the scenic Gates Pass Road, the park gives the camper a feeling of remote solitude while being just a 20-minute drive from shopping, gas, and other necessities. The sites have 30A electric connections, but there are no water or sewer hookups. Tent campers will appreciate the lack of noisy generators! Restrooms are clean and modern, but they do not have showers or laundry facilities.  

The campground is quite spread out, and the spaces are large. This distribution gives nearly every site a sense of privacy in addition to great views of the surrounding desert and mountains. The campground roads are wide and consist of one-way loops for easy maneuvering. This is a great place for kids to ride bikes, skateboards, or scooters, and there is also plenty of easy walking for adults and their dogs. From the campground, there is direct access to Tucson Mountain Park's extensive network of hiking and mountain biking trails for all interests and abilities.

Nearby attractions (within 3 miles) are Old Tucson, an authentic movie set that is now a theme park, the highly rated Sonoran Desert Museum, and the western section of Saguaro National Park with its excellent trails and programs. The greater Tucson area provides an incredible wealth of recreational opportunities, parks, and historic places.

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