Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park

Tucson, Arizona


8451 W McCain Loop
Tucson, Arizona 85735
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Latitude: 32.222495203966
Longitude: -111.14451885223
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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49 Reviews

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We have been staying at this county run campground for several years now and this stay was a bit of a disappointment. Seems as tho the electrical service is sadly out of date and run down and not working as it should. We lost power twice and had to go to the camp host to get it back up and running. There were several other sites in A Loop that also experienced outages. The host told us that Pima County was not going to update or repair the system anytime soon. The 30 amp service is probably only putting out maybe 22-23 amps at best and if you turn on the AC, microwave, and water heater and then the significant other turns on the hair dryer, out goes the power. So we had to use each high draw item with great care so as not to trip the section breaker. This has been one of our very favorite destination parks in the past but if they don't upgrade the power I doubt we will be going back and will seek out another desert type campground for future stays. The camp hosts were very helpful and did get power restored twice for us while we were there................ We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A Loop Site 61
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Out in the "cactus patch" but located in a beautiful scenic spot. Close by small town with most things you'd need. Old Tucson Movie Studios also close by. Nice little cafe called "Coyote Pause" between campground and town...............

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Review Count: 183
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Gilbert Ray makes a good base camp for exploring the Tucson environs. The park does not take reservations so it pays to come in early and on a weekday. We came in on a Thurs. morning around 11:00 and the campground was already about 3/4 full I'd say and by that night it was totally full and remained that way all through the weekend. The check-in system is well thought out and the staff is good about matching the size of your rig to the size of the site they assign to you. The sites are close together but feel private because of all the native vegetation. All sites have electricity but no water or sewer hook-ups. There are dump stations and water fill stations available however and there are water spigots scattered around each loop. Flush toilets and sinks are available in the restrooms, but no showers. The Visitors Center has friendly knowledgeable staff and is well stocked with information on trails in the area, things to do, places to eat, where to get RV services etc. As others have said, do not approach the park via Gates Pass unless you're in a camper van or truck camper or something similar. It is extremely narrow, steep and twisting! A must drive in your car or tow vehicle though! We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C29
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Our favorite day trip was to Sabino Canyon and if you haven't already been there, I'd also recommend the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum where you could spend hours.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of our favorite campgrounds. Extremely helpful staff. Beautiful setting. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A7
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Very near wildlife/botanical garden and Old Tucson movie set. Easy to get to shopping but outside city.

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Review Count: 140
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a Pima County operated campground, well isolated from Tucson, and consisting of three established loops in an attractive Saguaro desert setting. The tall saguaros are a common feature and some sites have multiple saguaros. We camped in Loop A where there are good panoramic views of the desert and mountains. Only a few sites of Loop A will accommodate rigs over 35 feet. The majority of the sites are vastly unleveled with chunky gravel. The electrical connection is a small out dated 30 amp box, which does not have a circuit breaker switch. Sites of Loop C and H have an improved 30 amp pedestal connection. Those who stay in Loop H get to hear the mechanics of the campground sewage treatment facility and endure the bright lights of the entrance station. The place was over 75 percent unoccupied when we arrived, afternoon, for our three day stay. How nice we thought. Soon as the entrance station closes at 4 PM, the river of evening campers, including RVs, pour into the campground. Many are late arrivals, noisy and rude, and depart early probably to avoid payment. This was the general disturbing pattern for each night during our stay. We did not see any of the many campground host or park staff make rounds of the campground after the office closed. Restrooms are kept clean, but they are small and there are no showers. We enjoyed our daytime experience here and will likely stop here again for an overnight visit. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop A
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 109
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is going to be a campground I come to often! I even like it better than Catalina SP, for several reasons: the desert and view of the mountains is prettier here, it is bike riding distance to the Sonoma Desert Museum and Old Tucson, it has a nice dump station and water fill area, it is $10 cheaper, and sites are nicely spread apart. There are a limited number of spaces for larger rigs, and they do not take reservations, but they do assign spaces based on RV size, so the larger sites do not get taken up, leaving only small spaces. I had plenty of room in the space they assigned for me, and they found me a spot where my refrigerator would not be facing the sun! Good Verizon voice and data service throughout campground. Only real improvement would be wider shoulders or a bike path along the roadway through the park and Saguaro National Monument, which is also right next door. Another negative for some people is that they do not allow open fires. May use only charcoal for cooking. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
59
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Make sure you follow their instructions for driving here if your vehicle is over 22 feet long and 12,000 pounds, as you may not drive through Davis Pass. And don't missing the Sonora Desert Museum!

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice county campground adjacent to Saguaro National Park and convenient to many other attractions in Tucson. Sites are somewhat close together, but there is a lot of natural desert landscape in between each site so there is a sense of privacy. Dump station was tight, but manageable. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
A12
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Buy the Tucson Passport book for savings on many attractions in the Tucson area. Lots of 2 for 1 admissions. Make sure to hit the Desert Museum; fantastic!!

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Arrived on a Saturday afternoon and there were plenty of spots available. Superb desert views, sunsets gorgeous. 26 Ft MH needed some leveling. Gravel. Many big rigs in some pull thrus. Electric good. Many water spigots to fill jugs. Clean. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Four miles from Saguaro West NP Visitor Center. Good road to bike to get to Visitor Center. A beautiful, economical place to park.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We just loved this park. They do not take reservations, but we had no problem getting in on a Friday morning (even with the gem show going on). The landscape is just beautiful, every kind of cactus you could imagine and breathtaking sunsets. There is nothing to do here, except enjoy the scenery. It is a little difficult to walk the dog, but we found a trail over by the recycling bins that she could walk on without getting burrs in her paws. It is clean and quiet. Also a 20 minute ride to Tucson if you use the car over the pass (not the motorhome!). No problem getting our 37" in and the site was level. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Great views but the sites were kind of close. Great recycling program. Dogs cannot go off the campground onto any trails. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop C 29
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 196
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 37

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park, well maintained. Sites not very level. Great scenery. Will definitely return. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of my favorite parks I have stayed in to date. The landscaping is amazing and you feel like you are in the wild. We had hummingbirds in our site and a hawk landed in the small tree next to it. The dump station and water are neat and well cared for although a little tricky for bigger rigs to get in. Electric only allows for AC on hot days. There are so many terrific things to do in the area. I only wish they allowed longer than a 7 day stay and they had a reservation system, but it was terrific. We got strong ATT and Verizon signal while here. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
H
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Seguaro National Forest, Tuscon, Sonoran Desert Museum is right down the road and was amazing. Lots of hiking trails and drives.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful state park and is big rig friendly! 30amp service only, no sewer or water. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C13
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 160
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 54

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an absolutely gorgeous, quiet county park. The sites are gravel and I think most would require a bit of leveling. They differ widely in length and width but many appear to be usable by big rigs and there are some pull thrus. All sites have electric and there are numerous water spigots situated around the campground. If you pick a site close to one you can use it to fill your tank but you are not allowed to hook up to it. There are no sewers but they do have a dump station. No showers either, but the restrooms were spotless and modern. The Sonoran desert scenery around the camp is beautiful and there were lots of birds. Coyotes too, though, so keep the pups close by! There is a hiking trail off of "A" loop that connects to the trails in Tucson Mountain Park (but no dogs allowed. Bummer!) There are no reservations, but on a Saturday in January there were plenty of open spaces to choose from. There is a seven day limit. No wi-fi, of course, but I got enough service on Verizon to be able to use data. We will most definitely be back if we are in the Tucson area. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
72
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Don't miss both sections (east & west) of Saguaro National Park. Stunning scenery, and they are each just a little bit different from the other.

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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Gilbert Ray is a fabulous campground. It is located in a beautiful scenic area, yet is pretty convenient to Tucson services and shopping. There are limitless things to do in the area, including several hiking trails, the adjacent National Park, the outstanding Sonoran Desert Museum and the Old Tucson theme park. The scenery is marvelous, with views from most every site. The roads are mostly one-way and easy to maneuver. The only downside is a lack of shower facilities, which makes it harder to conserve water when dry camping. Overall, I highly recommend this park when staying in the Tucson area. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A11
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The Desert Museum is a must-see attraction, we spent a full day there. The Mt. Lemmon Scenic Drive is another great full-day excursion as are the Kartchner Caverns.

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is big rig accessible but it is a good idea to check out available sites before accepting it. Big rigs need to be careful with some uneven sites with power on the wrong side for easy access. Having said that, this is a great park with fantastic views, great facilities including dump stations and water fill. No full hookups but with the 7 day limit, we had no problem. Arrive early in the day, traffic in gets very heavy in the afternoons. Slow down on Kinney Road, 35 means 35 with deep dips and bumps we called it the "roller coaster". They accept cash and checks only. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C-2
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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