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We arrived on a Wednesday afternoon in late February and were pleasantly surprised to find this first come, first serve campground nearly empty. We drove toward the back of the campground to explore open sites and selected walk up site 23. Perched away from the road and surrounding campsites with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountainside. Equipped with a large bear locker, table, fire ring, lantern post and flat open space to pitch our tent.
Conveniently located a short walk to the restroom, which was very clean.
On our first night we walked down to the empty group site to pick up part of the Arizona Trail for a quick hike before dinner.
This campground is a great base location to explore. One morning we did the Sky Island Scenic Byway to the top of Mt. Lemmon and visited the cute little general store to grab souvenir stickers for the kids. In the afternoon we drove the 30 minutes to Saguaro National Park East which was the highlight of this trip.
We stayed the last weekend in February. The place was fully booked. Spots were a bit tight. We have a 30ft TT. Electric hook ups only but plenty of dumping stations and water sites. Bathrooms but no showers (we didn’t use them). While the spots were kind of close together the views and vegetation made it feel more intimate.
Lots of great hiking and biking trails from the campground, minutes from the Sonora Desert Museum and Saguaro National Forest. Great spot for a getaway
This location is open to all Elks USA Members. It has a very large dry camping area and RV storage area. There is plenty of room even for group camping. We had ten RV’s and trailers in our group and didn’t put a dent in the available parking area. The fee is a$5.00 donation per night. The lodge itself is also a very nice size and friendly people. We were there on Friday night for dinner and the special was really good and also have a menu of appetizers and entrees to choose from. They are also open on Saturday for lunch. Not sure what the weekly hours are.
Only stayed here one night but we thought it was pretty nice. A little close to a busy road so for our pop up it was a bit noisy. Might try to get a campsite on the other side of the grounds next time. Nice heated pools and hot tub, Clean bathrooms/ shower rooms. Has a game room, pickle ball courts, Older playground, and a new dog run being built ( under construction). Sounds like there are plans to build a splash pad in the future. Free donuts on Saturday mornings too! Close to a gas station and Frys Food so you don’t need to go far if you need anything.
This campground is really nice and very well maintained. Upon entry into the campground, signs were up saying the place was full. Was so glad I made reservations online through their website. Check-in was very easy and all campground staff seem very friendly. There are several camp hosts, it looks like one per loop.
The sites are all gravel and most seem fairly level. Most seem to be back in and some can be a bit tricky for the less experienced. There are some pull through sites, but not very many.
The scenery is really nice, but there are also many scenic pull over sites along the ride in, but best to go after you unhook your rig as they don't to be large enough to accommodate trailers or large rigs.
There are very nice clean bathrooms with running water and a sink behind them for washing dishes. I only saw grills in some tent only sites, so bring your own if you want to grill some food.
The sites seem to be separated by a lot of vegetation, but voices do carry, Lots of family and dogs walking. Everybody seemed very friendly. Although Covid is still a real threat, he only people I saw wearing masks were the employees, so social distance is very important.
All sites have 30 amp hookups, but water and dump stations are available. There are also water spigots throughout the camp. They also request you separate your trash for recycle and recycle bins are available.
I do prefer BLM camping for the privacy, but there are none I could find in this area. This place was a really nice place to stay, and they do have a 7 say strictly enforced limit. Peak season is January 1st through March 31st.
It’s just past the Tanque Verde Falls trailhead parking lot. Beautiful views and lots of RVs around. Off-road route can be bumpy but worth it. Car camping OK.
We’ve camped a lot and been to tons of state and national parks us RV parks. This one is probably my favorite of anywhere we have been. The sites for the most part are private and large and level. Lots of access to water. Bathrooms are clean (if you’re using them during Covid) and a dishwashing station. Most folks are masked which I appreciate too. Very quiet and very clean. Front office staff is helpful and efficient. There is also a little lending library and a bird game spot. Easy access to the NP. Would definitely stay again.