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About Tucson

Tucson is a beautiful oasis of fun and excitement steeped in a breathtaking Arizona vista. Enjoying a desert climate, this city is perfect for dry, tent camping, but also has plenty of opportunities for luxury, distraction-free RVing mixed in with urban and outdoor adventures. Grab your tent and pets and we'll see you there!

 

 

Attractions and Events

Tucson is filled with great art, culture and festivals, so when you visit, plan to be there for some of the area's most popular events and attractions. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is one of the largest gem and mineral shows in the world and is only one part of the gem, mineral, fossil, and bead gathering held all around Tucson in over 45 different sites. The various shows run from late January to mid-February with the official one lasting two weeks in February. Another great event is the Tucson Festival of Books, help over a two-day period in March at the University of Arizona. In addition to readings and lectures, it features a science fair, various entertainment, food, and exhibitors ranging from local retailers and publishers to regional and national nonprofit organizations.

 

And many RVers head to this city for events like the Tucson Folk Festival which takes place during the first Saturday and Sunday of May in downtown Tucson's El Presidio Park. In addition to nationally known headline acts each evening, the Festival highlights over 100 local and regional musicians on five stages is one of the largest free festivals in the country. Plus, there are numerous workshops, events for children, sing-alongs, a popular singer-songwriter contest, and a variety of food and crafts also available at the festival, as well as local micro-brews. The Tucson "Meet Yourself" festival also draws huge crowds; it's held in October and presents the faces of Tucson's many ethnic groups. For one weekend, dancing, singing, artwork, and food from more than 30 different ethnicities are featured in the downtown area, and in keeping with the theme of "meeting yourself," all performers are from Tucson and the surrounding area. Want to meet the hospitable locals that are sure to make your stay memorable? Visit in time for this amazing festival!

 

The All Souls Procession is in early November, and is one of the largest festivals in Tucson. Modeled on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), it combines aspects of many different cultural traditions including Roman Catholicism and authentic Mexican heritage. With an annual participation at 50,000, join the crowds to explore great food, music, games and festivities. Tucson is also home to great musical groups, so look forward to amazing sounds while at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Arizona Opera. The city is also considered an influential center for Mariachi music and is home to a large number of Mariachi musicians and singers - The Tucson International Mariachi Conference brings together several hundred mariachi bands and folklorica dance troops during a three-day festival in April. The Norteño Festival and Street Fair in the enclave city of South Tucson is also held annually at the end of summer.

 

Travelers can also take advantage of excellent local casinos and opportunities for gaming at spots like the Desert Diamond Casino, Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center, or go peak at the stars at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter or Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium. With such clear skies, it's no wonder stargazing and sunset viewing captivate even the locals night after night. 

 

 

Outdoor Adventuring

The city is the perfect spot for campers who enjoy urban adventures and festivities, but it's also great for nature escapes. Tucson has more than 120 parks, including Reid Park Zoo, five public golf courses, the Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tohono Chul Park, Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon and Biosphere 2. Mt. Lemmon is located in the Coronado National Forest and is ideal for summer activities like hiking, birding, rock climbing, picnicking, camping, sky rides at Ski Valley, fishing and touring. In the winter, skiing and/or sledding is sometimes available at the southernmost ski resort in the continental United States. The region is also perfect for avid cyclists, and was even given a gold rating for bicycle friendliness in late April 2007 by the League of American Bicyclists. The "El Tour de Tucson" happens in November on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and the perimeter tour has as many as 10,000 participants from all over the world, annually. 

 

For more outdoor fun, the city's west side is home to picturesque mountains, desert trails, ancient petroglyphs and towering forests of cacti that make up Saguaro National Park West. But also out on this range you will find two of Tucson's most famous destinations, each distinctly different but equally enchanting: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum houses native plant and animal species in a setting that is as much part of nature as it is man-made. Old Tucson pays homage to the city's past, and is the backdrop to some of the most iconic Western films to ever grace the silver screen. With all of this to see, a mere day on Tucson's west side is not nearly enough.

 

Filled with some of Tucson's most beautiful natural wonders, the east side of Tucson where the Rincon Mountains reside is a must-visit part of town. You can look forward to deep dives into geological and anthropological history at Colossal Cave Mountain Park, where you can start your morning exploring the world's largest dry cavern and end the day with a sunset horseback ride deep into the mountains. You can also experience a real dude ranch stay in a rustic, yet luxurious setting at the award-winning Tanque Verde Ranch or watch wildlife in a serene and historic locale like Agua Caliente Park. 

 

 

Events

Tucson is not just perfect for outdoor fun and attractions, but it's also a great spot for art and festivals. The city is home to great galleries such as Davis Dominguez Gallery, Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio, Etherton Gallery and the Tucson Museum of Art for great contemporary and classic art. Regular events in Tucson celebrate the city's vibrancy, diversity, food and creativity, so no matter what you enjoy celebrating, this city probably celebrates it too. Look out for 2nd Saturdays Downtown, Cinema La Placita at Tucson Museum of Art, Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival and Southeast Arizona Birding Festival. There's also HoCo Fest, the Tucson Rodeo and Parade, Annual Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson Classics Car Show and the Loft Film Fest.

 

Food 

Tucson is well known for its Sonoran-style Mexican food, but since the turn of the century, ethnic restaurants and fine dining choices have grown in prominence. Campers can look forward to Cafe Poca Cosa, El Güero Canelo, Mi Nidito Restaurant and Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink. The Sonoran hot dog is very popular in Tucson - ready for this? It's a hot dog wrapped in bacon and grilled, served on a bolillo-style hot dog bun, and topped with pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, and a variety of additional condiments, normally with mayonnaise, mustard, and jalapeño salsa. Hungry yet? And of course, the region is perfect for sampling great brews. Look forward to some excellent flavors at spots like Pueblo Vida Brewing Company, Dragoon Brewing Company, Ten Fifty-Five Brewing and Barrio Brewing Co.

 

 

Campgrounds

With a breathtaking natural terrain to enjoy daily, iy's no wonder, Tucson sees thousands of campers each year. Though there's quite a few great parks to choose from, the Sentinel Peak RV Park is the most popular campground. Nearby, RVers can enjoy local attractions such as the Flandrau Planetarium, rock climbing, hiking trails, Old Tucson, the Desert Museum and the Children's Museum. This campground is also home to great facilities like restrooms, showers, full RV hookups and friendly staff members who are knowledgeable about the area. Plus, there's a ton of other excellent private campgrounds in the region, including: the Crazy Horse RV Park, Adventure Bound Camping Resorts, Cactus Country RV Resort and the Gilbert Ray Campground. And of course, there's a number of public parks, perfect for tent camping and authentic outdoor fun; head to the Catalina State Park or the Tucson Mountain Park for great dry camping. 

 

No matter what you enjoy doing or how you enjoy camping while on vacation, you're sure to have a great time at Tucson, Arizona. With so much culture, great food and festivals to enjoy, it's no wonder thousands head there each year to visit. Reserve your spot soon!