Tucson is filled to the brim with activities to enjoy. If you’re looking to take a break from the bustling lifestyle this city has to offer, though, we’re lucky to be close to a range of camping sites. Here, we take a look at some of the best camping sites near Tucson so that you can have an adventure this weekend.
Molino Basin Campground
As the first campsite along the Sky Island Scenic Byway, the Molino Basin Campground is a perfect place to head for a night under the stars. It is considered one of the nicest campgrounds in the area with 37 campsites across the area. Despite being above 4,500 feet in elevation, this campground still has a desert feel, making it feel quintessentially Arizonian. There are only pit toilets available here and there’s no drinking water, so make sure you come prepared.
Picacho Peak State Park
Standing higher than its surroundings about 40 miles northwest of Tucson is Picacho Peak State Park. This campground has over 100 campsites throughout the base of the peak, offering restrooms, showers, electrical sites, and a dump station. These sites are close to a range of hiking trails to make for an interesting weekend and is nestled amongst saguaros and other Sonoran Desert vegetation.
Saguaro National Park
If you want a hike to get to your campsite, then consider Saguaro National Park, specifically the Rincon Mountain District. These campsites are off the beaten path in the backcountry, which means you need to either hike to it or ride a horse. The campgrounds have different altitudes ranging from 4,800 feet to 9,000 feet, so you have a lot of options when deciding which one to go to. Facilities for this campsite include pit toilets and hitching rails for horses. You will also have available seasonal water sources, though all water should be treated before drinking.
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