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Hiking Through Saguaro National Park in the late Winter is now my favorite past time. You get the feel of Spring but the look of Summer. Between the higher elevation changes in scenery and the lack of people on trails, this is one of the best spots to hit up if you want to get away but don't have the ability to handle super cold weather.
Douglas Spring is a little over 6 miles from the trailhead and it is super popular usually so reserve your backcountry permit fast! You can have up to 6 people on your permit and there are three sites available at the top. It's only $8 per campsite in the park but there is NO vehicle access, so you will need to hike into any camping you need and ONLY camp in designated areas.
Bring lots of water, there isn't much water available near you, contrary to the name. The trial is also pretty open and not much shade, so early Spring and Fall are your best bets.
This trail is pretty heavily populated by horse riders so wear shoes that you don't mind sidestepping manure in.
The sites are first come, first served but we didn’t have any issues finding a spot during the winter. Our site had plenty of space for 2 vehicles, 1x 3-person tent and 3x 1-person tents. The sites are well shaded with trees and each site has a fire pit and bear box.
Lots of hiking trails available. Since it’s a wilderness area, they are all pet friendly. It is the perfect getaway from Tucson.
The Ranger and camp host we meet were super friendly!
This was the first time we have ever been to a KOA as we have never owned a trailer until now. This place had a very friendly staff and the new own is on sight and working to make it even better. Our stay was 3 days, 2 Night and we enjoyed the weekend. Clean all around, heated pool, very kid friendly. The only down side and the reason for not get 5 stars is you can hear the Highway Traffic and Trains all night long.
Sabino Canyon recreational area Is the perfect get away for a picnic 5 minutes away from the city. They have handicap accessibility and bathrooms for those who absolutely must have them. I myself prefer to pee by the trees. The also offer a tram for those who have a high hard time walking long distances. Highly recommended to those 1st visiting the Tucson area.
This park is the battle ground of the furthest west battle of the civil war. It’s a great park located about a mile from the I-10 fwy. There’s a number of hiking trails up to the peak but they’re not for the faint of heart. The restrooms and showers are clean and the staff is friendly.
Cell Coverage: Excellent
Staying at Rincon Country East has proved to be a fantastic choice for us. The level of silence both day and especially night is a bit of heaven. Thoughtfull staff and campers makes for a most pleasant stay. The mountain views greet us constantly here. Mount Lemmon is a short drive or bike ride away with snow capped top and great food offerings. Skying is possible for those with young legs. The bike situation in Tucson is the finest we have encountered. Our electric bikes can run forever on the well paved trails all over the county. Tucson is an easy town to drive around with good shopping and dinning. So happy with our snowbird park pick!
While site parking is a serious challenge unless 25 foot and under the park is fantastic on most levels. Beautiful grounds with kind staffing that are most helpful. Wifi is one of the problem areas here. Their "free internet" is a serious joke and the high priced Wifi setup is so slow it's criminal. We opted for making our Comsumer Cellular phones "Hot Spots" which works very well. Palm trees and flowers everywhere with great pool and hot tub that are kept spotlessly clean. All the amenities you could ask for even Pickle Ball courts. The nearby adventures are fantastic with desert and cool mountain top adventures aplenty. I highly recommend this park. The five month stay rates are great at just under $4000. Propane delivered to your door and all aspects of this operation are kept so clean it squeaks…….With the help of friendly neighbors we parked our 35 foot Toy Hauler--took an hour--serious obstacle coarse to parking--palm trees at curbs being a problem.
Camping here was a great way to enjoy Mt. Lemmon. The campground was beautiful with a great lake for fishing and i believe you can also Kayak. The campground was very full, but it wasn't too loud and our site still offered privacy. Explore around the lake and be sure to bring your fishing pole!