Top Pet-Friendly Camping near Oro Valley, AZ

Are you planning a camping trip to Oro Valley with your dog? We've got you covered. Camping is an adventurous and unique way to escape the city—and you can bring along your furry friend. Each pet-friendly campsite offers quick access to one or more of Oro Valley's most popular destinations.

Best Pet-Friendly Camping Sites Near Oro Valley, AZ (107)

    Camper-submitted photo from Gilbert Ray Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gilbert Ray Campground
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    1.

    Gilbert Ray Campground

    66 Reviews
    233 Photos
    425 Saves
    Cortaro, Arizona

    Next time you need a break in your busy life consider cool weather camping at Tucson Mountain Park's beautiful Gilbert Ray Campground, located on the west side of the Tucson Mountains, a convenient 13 miles from Tucson. RV campers should access the park by way of Ajo Highway to Kinney Road and follow the signs to the campground.

    The campground has 130 RV sites with individual 30-amp electrical hook-ups. The campground has 5 sites that are designated tent only, however tenters are welcome to camp in an RV site but are asked not to use the electrical hook-ups. It has centrally located water, picnic tables, modern restrooms, and an RV dumping station. Shower facilities are not available. There are handicap bathrooms.

    There is a seven-day length of stay limit. The park's peak season is January 1st through March 31st. Camping fees are $10.00 per night for tents and $20.00 per night for trailers and RVs. Senior Pass/Golden Age Pass NOT valid. Due to limited tent sites you can tent in a RV site, however, during peak season the RV campsite fee applies. Wood fires are prohibited.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $10 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Tucson - Lazydays KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Tucson - Lazydays KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Tucson - Lazydays KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Tucson - Lazydays KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Tucson - Lazydays KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Tucson - Lazydays KOA

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    Tucson - Lazydays KOA

    48 Reviews
    140 Photos
    88 Saves
    Tucson, Arizona

    Tucson/Lazydays KOA Resort is your desert oasis, featuring beautiful fruit trees abundant throughout the park, with plenty of good times to be had. The campground offers Pull-thru RV Sites with full 30/50-amp hookups, grassy luxury sites and NEW RV Sites with a Patio and a fireplace! No RV? No problem. Stay in one of the NEW two-bedroom Deluxe Cabins with queen beds. Whether you want to relax by one of the two pools, soak in the hot tubs, play a round on our nine hole putting green, or join in the fun activities, this KOA has something for everyone to enjoy. The completed installation of the two PowerParasols® solar shade structures now allows guest to camp, gather and even barbeque under a patented structure that produces clean solar energy. The structures shade more than two acres of the campground, giving visitors room to park RVs on 30 covered RV sites. Check out our NEW resort style activity park! Providing ample shade and sport courts to bring recreation, relaxation, family and friends together. Lazydays, a full-service RV dealership with a service department, is located next door. Other campground amenities include a bar& grill, meeting rooms, fitness center, three off-leash dog parks and complimentary Wi-Fi. Camping in Arizona is a breeze at the Tucson/Lazydays KOA. Pool: Open all year. Max pull thru: 73 feet.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cactus Forest Dispersed
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    Cactus Forest Dispersed

    27 Reviews
    122 Photos
    232 Saves
    Marana, Arizona

    Location is near Park Link Drive - S. Cattle Tanks Road BLM

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Snyder Hill BLM Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Snyder Hill BLM Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Snyder Hill BLM Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Snyder Hill BLM Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Snyder Hill BLM Camping Area
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    Snyder Hill BLM Camping Area

    26 Reviews
    53 Photos
    195 Saves
    Cortaro, Arizona

    Camping on public lands away from developed recreation facilities is referred to as dispersed camping. Most of the remainder of public lands are open to dispersed camping, as long as it does not conflict with other authorized uses or in areas posted "closed to camping," or in some way adversely affects wildlife species or natural resources.

    Dispersed camping is allowed on public land for a period not to exceed 14 days within a 28 consecutive day period. The 28 day period begins when a camper initially occupies a specific location on public lands. The 14 day limit may be reached either through a number of separate visits or through 14 days of continuous overnight occupation during the 28 day period. After the 14th day of occupation, the camper must move outside of a 25 mile radius of the previous location until the 29th day since the initial occupation. The purpose of this special rule is to prevent damage to sensitive resources caused by continual use of any particular areas. In addition, campers must not leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days (12 months in Alaska).

    Campsite Selection Dispersed camp sites are located along most secondary roads and may not be marked. Popular locations can be recognized by the telltale flat disturbed area that has been used as a camp site before. Not all flat spots are sites. If possible, please use existing sites to avoid creating new disturbances. To further protect your public lands, campers must not dispose of any refuse, hazardous materials, sewage, or in any manner pollute the surrounding area.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Spencer Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spencer Canyon Campground
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    Spencer Canyon Campground

    17 Reviews
    74 Photos
    223 Saves
    Mount Lemmon, Arizona

    This area of Mt Lemmon camping is located at the head of a shallow, forested canyon a short distance off the Catalina Highway. Spencer Canyon faces the city of Tucson and the Santa Cruz Valley, both of which are visible as a distant panorama through openings in the forest canopy. Spencer Canyon Campground has 66 sites. Each site has a concrete table, firepit, B-B-Q and bear box for food storage. A beautiful night view of Tucson can be seen from several sites. Spencer is rugged, rustic in layout and close to the hamlet of Summerhaven. Each camping area has clean, stocked vault toilets. Campground hosts live on site. Firewood may be purchased from the hosts. The Catalina Highway is paved, but it can be snow covered in winter when chains and/or 4-wheel drive may be required.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $22 - $36 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Rose Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rose Canyon Campground
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    Rose Canyon Campground

    20 Reviews
    55 Photos
    183 Saves
    Willow Canyon, Arizona

    Overview

    Rose Canyon Campground is just 17 miles northeast of Tucson, Arizona, off the Catalina Highway Scenic Drive near the summit of Mt. Lemmon. This area is popular for day use as well as overnight camping. With a high elevation, forested setting, two group picnic areas and opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing and fishing, Rose Canyon offers a great summer respite from the city.

    Recreation

    The lake is sheltered by trees and offers a pleasant setting for a walk in the woods, relaxing on the shore or spending an afternoon fishing for stocked trout. A one-mile trail around the lake is convenient for anglers and hikers. The trail is accessible from the lower parking area to a floating dock near a dam. The surrounding national forest boasts a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails, including several that traverse the 9,157-foot Mt. Lemmon.

    Facilities

    The lake is sheltered by trees and offers a pleasant setting for a walk in the woods, relaxing on the shore or spending an afternoon fishing for stocked trout. A one-mile trail around the lake is convenient for anglers and hikers. The trail is accessible from the lower parking area to a floating dock near a dam. The surrounding national forest boasts a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails, including several that traverse the 9,157-foot Mt. Lemmon.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits high on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains, at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Because of its elevation, it can be much cooler than the lower-elevation campgrounds in the area. The campsites are spacious and spread out among stands of large ponderosa pines and clusters of Gambel oak. During the summer rainy season, Rose Creek meanders through the area to the six-acre Rose Canyon Lake at the lower end of the campground. The Coronado National Forest covers 1.78 million acres of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Elevations range from 3,000 to 10,720 feet in 12 widely scattered mountain ranges, or "sky islands," that rise dramatically from the desert floor, supporting biologically diverse plant communities.

    Nearby Attractions

    Catalina Highway, also known as General Hitchcock Highway and Sky Island Scenic Byway, is the only paved road that leads to the upper reaches of Mt. Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Range. It is one of the most scenic highways in the southwest and is a popular day trip. Other notable attractions include Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon and Colossal Cave.

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    For facility specific information, please call (520) 576-1325.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $97 - $157 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cactus Forest Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Cactus Forest Dispersed Site
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    Cactus Forest Dispersed Site

    10 Reviews
    42 Photos
    81 Saves
    Marana, Arizona

    Welcome to the Cactus Forest Dispersed Site in Arizona! This spot is a gem for those who love the raw beauty of the desert. Nestled among towering saguaros and cholla cacti, this area offers a true desert camping experience.

    One of the standout features here is the stunning night sky. With minimal light pollution, the stars are incredibly vivid. It's a perfect place for stargazing, so don't forget to look up after the sun sets.

    The area is pretty easy to access, with dirt roads leading to various campsites. Just be cautious if you're driving a larger rig; some spots have soft sand that could be tricky. Most sites are well-spaced, giving you a sense of privacy and tranquility.

    Fires are allowed, so bring some wood and enjoy a cozy campfire under the desert sky. Just remember to pack out everything you bring in, as there are no trash services.

    Pets are welcome, but keep an eye on them due to the abundance of cacti. The cholla cactus, in particular, can be a nuisance for curious dogs.

    While there's no running water or toilets, the natural beauty more than makes up for it. Plus, it's free to camp here, which is always a bonus.

    Some visitors have mentioned hearing distant shooting from a nearby range, but it's generally not too disruptive.

    Overall, if you're looking for a peaceful, scenic spot to camp in the desert, Cactus Forest Dispersed Site is a fantastic choice. Enjoy your stay and soak in the unique desert landscape!

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • WiFi
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from South Forty RV Ranch
    Camper-submitted photo from South Forty RV Ranch
    Camper-submitted photo from South Forty RV Ranch
    Camper-submitted photo from South Forty RV Ranch
    Camper-submitted photo from South Forty RV Ranch
    Camper-submitted photo from South Forty RV Ranch

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    South Forty RV Ranch

    6 Reviews
    10 Photos
    15 Saves
    Cortaro, Arizona
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Redington Pass - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Redington Pass - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Redington Pass - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Redington Pass - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Redington Pass - Dispersed Camping
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    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Ironwood Forest National Monument - Pipeline Rd Dispersed camping
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Ironwood Forest National Monument - Pipeline Rd Dispersed camping
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    BLM Ironwood Forest National Monument - Pipeline Rd Dispersed camping

    17 Reviews
    66 Photos
    141 Saves
    Picacho, Arizona

    Welcome to BLM Ironwood Forest National Monument - Pipeline Rd Dispersed Camping area near Marana, AZ. This spot is a gem for those who love the rugged beauty of the desert and don't mind roughing it a bit. It's a dispersed camping area, so don't expect any frills—no toilets, no water, no electric hookups. But what it lacks in amenities, it more than makes up for in natural beauty and tranquility.

    The area is pretty spacious, with plenty of pull-offs and spots to set up camp. You can find a spot close to the entrance if you don't mind a bit of road noise, or venture further in for more peace and quiet. The views are fantastic, especially if you snag a spot facing west to catch those stunning Arizona sunsets.

    Visitors have mentioned that the area is generally clean, thanks to campers who pack out their trash. It's also big rig friendly, so you’ll see everything from small tents to 40-foot motorhomes. Just be cautious of the road conditions; some parts can be a bit rough, especially after the first half-mile where the road dips and narrows.

    One of the best things about this spot is its proximity to Saguaro National Park. It's a short drive away, making it easy to pop over for a day hike or some sightseeing. Plus, you're not too far from Tucson if you need to restock supplies or just want a taste of civilization.

    Fires are allowed here, so you can enjoy a campfire under the stars. Just make sure to bring your own firewood, as there's none available on-site. Pets are welcome too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    In summary, if you're looking for a quiet, scenic spot to camp with minimal amenities but maximum natural beauty, this is the place for you. Just come prepared and enjoy the wide-open spaces and breathtaking sunsets.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol

    $20 / night

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