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Wild Burro Desert Retreat

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· Marana, Arizona
5 acres
1 site
1 RV
We are empty-nesters enjoying our retirement years on our 5 beautiful acres in Marana, AZ. We are conveniently located just 7.7 miles (15 minutes) east of I-10.' *Please note: We do not allow tent, truck, or car camping. All guests must have a self contained, trailer, RV, or camper van with a working toilet. We do have both water and 30 amp hook ups. (No sewer, but there are dump stations within 15-20 minutes of us.) We enjoy traveling in our trailer and have recently determined that we would love to provide a convenient, beautiful and peaceful camping experience for others! We have beautiful mountain views and are adjacent to the Tortolita Preserve. (2,400 acres) The reserve offers trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. We have cleared a portion of our land, far enough away from our home, in order for our guests to experience a taste of desert beauty and privacy. If you enjoy wildlife, know that it is very likely you will see cottontail rabbits, jack rabbits, javelina, and more. You may wish to visit the Ritz Carlton - Dove Mountain which is just a short 6.3 miles up the hill. There, you can enjoy a delicious meal and/or the best of golfing. Dove Mountain Brewing is 2.7 miles down the hill and offers locally handcrafted beer! Enjoy the best beer and grilled food while playing darts or watching your favorite sports team on TV. The best thing about our property is the feeling of being secluded yet having everything else nearby. There is certainly no shortage of things to do and no shortage of desert beauty here at the Wild Burro Desert Retreat! PLEASE NOTE: We do not allow tent camping nor camping in trucks or cars. All guests must have a self contained trailer or RV. Thank you!
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Marana, Arizona, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Bob & Cindy M.Joined in October 2019
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40 ratings · 37 reviews
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Andrew T.recommends
February 1, 2023
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Bob and Cindy’s getaway is the perfect spot- just close enough to get to everything you need, but far enough out that it’s extremely quiet and peaceful. The coyotes are wild, the birds are charming, and I even saw some javelinas pass through in the night. Bob and Cindy are super welcoming and respectful of your privacy. Can’t recommend staying enough, if you’re at all on the fence, send it!
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La Toya P.recommends
January 19, 2023
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
I enjoyed my stay. Bob and Cindy’s property was peaceful, spacious and private. I loved the welcome box, it was thoughtful and contained a lot of helpful items. Bob was great at helping me find the property after dark. I would stay here again.
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Jennifer W.recommends
January 2, 2023
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Excellent location, right next to Tortilito Preserve. Enjoyed unhooking a gate and mountian biking!
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Robert S.recommends
December 4, 2022
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Great place with great hosts. Had personal welcome message and welcome goodies for the grandkids we had with us.
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Bonnie L.recommends
November 28, 2022
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Bob & Cindy's space is ideal! We appreciate the quiet and privacy. We enjoyed biking across the road at Tortolita Preserve. It is our desert oasis!
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Brian H.recommends
November 22, 2022
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Paradise
What an amazing place to stay! This little spot is tucked into the desert, making you feel like you are deep in the wilderness, but you are only minutes from town (restaurants, groceries, shops). The desert preserve across the street has 10 miles of great mountain bike trails for any skill level, open to hikers too, and lots of desert wildlife. This spot is Glamping at its best.
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David H.recommends
February 11, 2022
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Awesome Campsite
We loved camping at Bob and Cindy’s Wild Burro Retreat. The hosts were very accommodating when we arrived and helped get the trailer in place then left us to our self’s for the remaining 4 days. There is so much to do in the area and having the preserve right across the street for hiking and bike riding was great. We look forward to a return trip when back in the area. A private little piece of beautiful desert. Thank you
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Brock B.recommends
January 30, 2022
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Amazing desert views
First of all Bob and Cindy have an awsome piece of property with the most amazing desert views. The sunsets are so beautiful it's hard to believe they are real. You will likely hear the coyotes barking and yipping at night and may get lucky to see some strolling down the road during the day. The location is perfect, close enough to town to have the essentials and dove mountain is beautiful. Bob and Cindy make everything easy from the moment you get to camp. They went above and beyond to help us feel at home while staying on their property. 10/10 would highly recommend!
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John S.recommends
December 21, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
This was a very nice place to stay, not too far off the highway yet still totally private. Having water and power available while being so quiet was a really nice option, we had an amazing sunset. The hosts were very communicative and we wished we could have stayed longer.
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Mace C.recommends
December 16, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Stunning!
Bob and Cindy's place is absolutely beautiful, private and quiet. Great hiking and mountain biking, cool town nearby .. Cant say enough about their hospitality other than to say that I can't wait to visit again !
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Ro C.recommends
December 11, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Private Desert Retreat 🏜 ❤
Wonderful private feel! Easy access up the private drive at the base of Tortolita Preserve Trail Head. The preserve is just across the street from the camp area. Which allows for great views, amazing sunsets and rises, as well as lots of animal sightings and sounds. Every night we heard owls, bats, coyotes and more! Overall it really feels like you're way out camping alone but with all the luxuries of electricity, water and cell coverage. Backing the Dove Mountain suburb there's plenty of shops and restaurants! If you book, make sure to drive W Moore Rd to N Wild Burro Rd. Very easy back in with huge wide driveway. The private dirt road is quiet and perfect for walking the dogs, feels like your very own private hiking trail.
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Bonnie L.recommends
November 28, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Standard setter for desert camping
Private oasis in the desert! The site was everything we could have hoped for; quiet, beautiful, across the street from some fun single track. Bob and Cindy were welcoming hosts and we definitely plan to go back.
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John G.recommends
November 21, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Recommended
Recommended. Real desert experience yet with power, water and snacks provided by hosts. Lovely sunset and sunrise and very little city noise. Clever metal sculptures along the little trail next to campsite. Just a very positive experience!
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Tracy M.recommends
November 17, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Quiet private space
Beautiful and quiet spot yet near anything you could need. Will definetly be back!
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Todd L.recommends
June 12, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Enjoyable spot. Great host. Recommend.
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Leonard S.recommends
May 31, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
OUTSTANDING LOCATION AND HOSTS
Spectacular secluded natural peaceful safe level single large campsite. Electric 30Amp plus Water Hookups, completely surrounded by Sonoran Desert vegetation and Saguaro cacti. Campsite located Marana, AZ, adjacent to Marana Tortolita Preserve and it’s Multi-Use Trail System. Campsite entry via well maintained 0.7 mi. level dirt road. Drive 7-10 min. to Restaurant/Bar w/indoor-outdoor dining, Fuel Pet Clinic, Grocery (Fry’s/Kroger). Drive 20 min. to Free Dump: Speedway Gas Station (Dump/Propane/Gas/Diesel 24 hrs.) 10505 N Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ 85737 and Laundromat: Super Cleaners, 4140 W Ida Rd., Tucson 85741 ... 20 min to center Tucson ... 25 min. To Camping World. Trash and Recycling pickup just steps from campsite. Hosts Bob and Cindy respected my privacy (as I did theirs), but were always available for information or assistance. Recommended visits: #1 Saguaro National Park “West” (20 min) then Saguaro NP “East” (30 min) , #2 Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (20 min-Close to Saguaro NP West), #3 Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, #4 Sabine Canyon, #5 Prima Air and Space Museum. I camped Mar/Apr/Mid-May 2021, MotorHome 25 fl. (Campsite RV Max 34 ft.). Almost every day I walked or rode my bike directly from campsite on the relatively flat adjacent Totolita Preserve Trail System and/or the 0.7 mi. flat entry dirt road (Private Road and Safe with very little traffic). Perhaps the best Natural Campsite and Hosts and Hospitality you will ever experience! Leonard S., Colorado.
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Charles F.recommends
February 22, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
This was our first experience with hip camp and it exceeded expectations. Bob and Cindy are amazing hosts. They sent helpful information before our trip and left an awesome welcome basket for our arrival. Their camp site was easy to park a large camper and was very clean and a great set up. We loved that it was so quiet and enjoyed stargazing at night. Will definitely be back in the future!
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Alex G.recommends
February 20, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
This was our first Hipcamp experience and it was absolutely perfect. Great spot that feels so secluded in the desert. Hope to return someday - thanks Bob & Cindy for being such great hosts!
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Sharon W.recommends
February 16, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Birthday getaway!
We had a wonderful time at Wild Burro Desert Retreat! We felt like we where in the middle of nowhere! It was perfect! We had Electric and water hook ups, the area was cleared and we had easy access coming and going. There is plenty to explore in the area and restaurants shopping were close. Bob and Cindy were wonderful hosts! Great communication and very helpful! I felt welcome before we even got there!
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Jessica M.recommends
February 15, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Peaceful Desert Getaway
We had such a wonderful stay! The welcome sign and goodies on the picnic table made us feel so welcomed and right at home. The location is excellent right next to a nature preserve, no noise from the town and amazing stars. The hosts are on property, but this site is secluded so you feel like you have plenty of space. They even have a desert walking path for the guests! Can’t wait till our next visit. Only thing I would have changed would have been to book for more nights before it filled up!
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Katie F.recommends
February 8, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Our family had a wonderful time at this camp site (2 adults and 3 kids ages 3-7). Hiking and biking trails nearby, a playground for the kids less then a mile away and beautiful desert sunsets. We visited Saguaro national park about 25 minutes away. You feel like you are in the middle of no where. Cindy was very quick to respond to any questions I had. The site was easy to find. We would definitely recommend this campsite if you are looking for a private retreat in the desert! We hope to return someday!
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Donna B.recommends
February 7, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
I would live there if I could
Perfect spot, perfect location, perfect host. Feels secluded but close enough to Tuscon to be very convenient. Host responds to questions immediately and is extremely helpful. One of my more perfect hipcamp stays.
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Regan E.recommends
January 18, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Beautiful campsite.
We had a wonderful stay at Wild Burro Desert Retreat. The hosts had a thoughtful box of goodies for us on arrival. Its a private, beautiful spot that is very close so several different hiking locations. We will absolutely stay here again in the future.
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Aubrey G.recommends
January 11, 2021
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Incredibly beautiful and peaceful!
Cindy's property was absolutely incredible! We loved being directly across from the Tortolita Preserve and hearing the coyotes "sing" us to sleep every night. Cindy and Bob were unbelievably hospitable and responded to our messages nearly immediately. We were able to complete a contactless stay because of COVID and that was a true relief. The space for parking is very big with room left over to play frisbee with our dog. Trash/recycling services were provided as well as water and electricity (coordinating payment options). I would absolutely recommend this stay as it was a peaceful paradise in the corner of the sprawling Tucson metroplex. Really a slice of desert heave.
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Shanna K.recommends
November 28, 2020
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
This site was absolutely perfect. We will definitely be planning a trip back to Wild Burro Desert Retreat.
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Lisa W.recommends
November 28, 2020
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Quiet desert oasis!
Wild Burro Desert Retreat was fantastic! It was exactly what we had hoped. A quiet, secluded area in the beautiful Tucson desert, yet close to fun things to do! Bob and Cindy are the best! They were on site for any help we needed, especially for us novice campers! The site itself was level and very clean. They had water and 30 amp for the camper. They provided 2 clean trash cans, a picnic table and a few extras to make our stay even more pleasant. To get to the site was a breeze! Paved road until the last mile and even that last mile of dirt road was fun with it’s up and downs right in the heart of the desert! So beautiful!! I would highly recommend Wild Burro if you want a true southwest desert experience close to the city!
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Bob G.recommends
November 27, 2020
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Private spot at Dove Mountain
Get Ready for a special spot Virtually a private clean site with electric and water. No neighbors and open space next door. Great location to explore Tucson from outside the city. Just a 20 minute drive to most everything. Super Great hosts allowed us privacy. Thanks Cindy and Bob...we will be back for sure...keep it available.
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Taffy C.recommends
November 15, 2020
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Absolutely beautiful! We’ll be back
We live less than an hour from this beautiful site and wanted a quick getaway that was close, yet still felt like we left the world behind. All we can say is WOW!! We discovered a desert paradise! Even being familiar with the desert, this site offered desert beauty and sunsets that amazed us. Bob and Cindy had the site looking amazing with so many extra little touches, we felt like the whole thing was created just for us. We enjoyed two beautiful nights of starlit skys. The hook ups for this site were thoughtfully located and allowed us to enjoy a variety of activities (we set up our gear and watched a movie outside one night as we sat around our propane fire pit). We took our little guy for a hike in the Tortolita Preserve which was another huge bonus! We all loved exploring there for hours. We plan on coming back and bringing our mountain bikes to explore the bike paths there. With the Ritz Carlton nearby, and million dollar homes all around, this site is perfectly situated to offer seclusion and privacy and the feel of being alone in the middle of the Sonoran desert. Wild Burro Desert Retreat just became our go-to spot for a quick escape. For a beautiful, safe, clean, secluded yet convenient getaway, we 100% recommend this site and the hosts!!
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Jimi M.recommends
November 9, 2020
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Private site near a preserve
A very private and safe site. We had tons of fun riding our bikes down to the preserve nearby. We would stay again if we are ever in town. Thanks for great stay! :)
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Kendall M.recommends
October 31, 2020
Wild Burro Desert Retreat
Great quiet and beautiful spot.
We loved the quiet spot. Great trail to walk on across the street. Great place for dogs and convenient. Great sunsets and cactus viewing.
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