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Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park

Tucson, Arizona


8451 W McCain Loop
Tucson, Arizona 85735
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Sites: 130
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 32.22250
Longitude: -111.14452

Elevation: 2645' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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55 Reviews

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

As it was the end of the season one loop was closed, in the 2 remaining loops maybe there were 10 campers, went up to 20 for the weekend. Quiet, twice a day the camp host came by, beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. No water at the site, down the road a bit. You are limited to a 1 week stay. Suggest finding a site and then go back and check in and pay. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
61a
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 113
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Access to the park is via paved road all the way. Check in was quick and informative. Our clerk explained the features of the near by area, shopping etc. Parameter roads are paved an easily manageable for big rigs. Sites are gravel and well spaced but you will still see your neighbor desert vegetation being what it is. Power only and it was placed to the left. Tucson has plenty of over 55 parks with activities. This is one of the few that does not. It is a gem. We were in the A section and found that cell service was a little iffy at times, our Mifi was slow on occasion but we had no problem picking up OTA TV. This park is the perfect place to use for exploring the area. It is quiet, clean and well managed. Groceries and gas are about 15 minutes away. There are no restaurants withing easy walking distance. Be aware. The park was usually full by noon every day. We paid $20.00 night and feel that it is an excellent bargain. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A43
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
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:

A visit to Old Tucson if old western movies interest you is a must. The Desert Wildlife Museum was excellent. We had lunch at Coyote Pause. It has a great reputation but we were disappointed. The food was good but the service was very poor. We would give t another try though. Tombstone and Boothill is a day visit location. We found it to be a little too touristy.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a no frills desert campground almost in the city, good desert hiking, and within a very short drive to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It is well located and well managed, the gravel sites are nice and not too close to each other, sites are electric only but there are water supply points to fill your containers... Cell service is extremely iffy and of course there is no WiFi in these parks, so if you need to be in touch with the outside world you may or may not have an issue. I was able to pick up a few odd TV stations, but only one of the three major networks. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
H22
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Don't miss the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and allow the better part of the day for it.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

Great place to stay! Clean and well maintained park. Lots of scenic views. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

We've been here many times and will continue to return. Beautiful setting with nice spacing between sites and also some privacy due to trees and cactus. Convenient hiking trails within walking distance, although we usually drive the Jeep to trailheads. Nice mix of big rigs, trailers and tents. Convenient outdoor sinks for doing dishes or dumping dishwater. Only downsides are lack of showers and unlevel sites. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A39
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Easy drive to many great hikes and points of interest. One hour to Tubac, Colossal Cave and Agua Caliente. 30 minutes to downtown Tucson. No large RVs allowed on Gates Pass, so some attractions may be further with the longer detour. Groceries and public library 20 minutes away.

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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 28

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: 193
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 22

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: 5

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: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

I loved this campground! So beautiful, and generally quiet. The campground was about 1/3 full when I stayed in November. The only thing that I found negative was the local yahoos that went out shooting at signs or something in the middle of the night on the roads. It was very loud and extremely disconcerting being out in a tent in the dark while people are shooting guns into the desert. But all was fine. Tent campers are allowed to stay in the electrical sites or in special tent only sites. I stayed in the electrical one because it had an awesome view with wilderness behind me and no other campers nearby. From my spot I had an amazing view of the mountains for sunrises, moonrises and sunsets. Magical. It's close to town if you need to resupply. And best of all it is next to Saguaro National Park which is an amazing park with great hikes. I saw and heard coyotes here. Very cool. Can't wait to go back. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 140
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

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: 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: 115
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 44

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: 27
States Visited: 13
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: 57
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 21

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: 208
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 39

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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