The best camping near Saguaro National Park

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The Sonoran Desert sets the stage for exploring the iconic saguaro cactus.  

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La Hacienda Chuparosa

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents4 acres · Tucson, AZ
When my husband and I were dating in NY we confessed our mutual desire to get back "home" to the west. It made me fall in love with him even faster. So when we married we moved to Washington DC knowing that in time we would make it west. 5 years later, when the traffic and the politics has taken its toll, we made a trip to Tucson and fell in love with this charming property that exudes all the beauty and grace of the Sonoran Desert. We looked at each other as we walked around looking at the stunning Mtn. Views and the mesquite fence and knew we were finally "home." I've always adored the SW Hummingbirds and wanted to name the property La Hacienda Chuparosa. When we moved in, for the first week, every morning a hummingbird was sipping nectar from one of our plants in the front yard. We knew it was meant to be. So we added a couple of horses to our dream, built some stalls, and now are ready to welcome you to La Hacienda Chuparosa. We know you will find the same magic here that we do.
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Bucin Bronc Court

3 sites · RVs1 acre · Tucson, AZ
Welcome Hipcamp Vanlifers, this location has three spots to accommodate Vans and class b motorhomes up to 20 ft in length, you'll have access to a free shower room, toilet room, and laundry facility. Access to picnic area and gas barbecue grill. Close to freeway access. Great place to park, relax, clean up, do some laundry, and get out and enjoy the Tucson winter weather. Sabino Canyon is about a 30 minute drive north and is a must see. It's also a great location for those of you coming to town for the Gem Show.
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The Mountain View Spot!

1 site · RV4 acres · Tucson, AZ
Large RV parking space located just minutes away from Saguaro National Park! Take in the majestic views of the Catalina and Rincon mountains while being surrounded by abundant Hummingbirds, songbirds and desert wildlife in a quiet rural neighborhood. Located along a very popular biking route with easy access to all the amenities you'll need. There is a 220V 50 amp plug and a 110v 20 amp plug with fresh water available on site. Learn more about this land: Park your RV, Travel Trailer or Van on a large concrete pad with amazing views of the Catalina and Rincon Mountains! Minutes away from Saguaro National Park East and several hiking and biking trails. Abundant desert wildlife with hummingbirds, songbirds and even some resident Gila monsters. Plenty of space to enter and turn around on the property. The property is open and not fenced. There is abundant wildlife in the area so it's best to keep your furry friends on a leash if possible. Well behaved or trained pets may be ok off leash.
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El Pais Motel & Campgrounds

5 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Tucson, AZ
El Pais is a family owned and operated motel and campground located in southern Tucson. We embrace the mid-century era with an awesome design, stimulating artwork, and fun amenities. If you're looking for a place to have an amazing experience by pitching a tent, living your best van life, or enjoying a full hookup RV experience you won't be disappointed. So come and book with us here at the world famous El Pais Motel & Campgrounds.The pool is not currently useable but it is close
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Camp Saguaro

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents7 acres · Tucson, AZ
Camp Saguaro is nestled in a unique and rural area on the west side of Tucson, Arizona. With the Saguaro National Park Visitor Center, Tucson Mountain Park, and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum all within four miles, there is plenty of opportunity to explore the outdoors. Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park boast hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and non-motorized mountain bikes are permitted on the trails in Tucson Mountain Park. Let us be your base camp for desert exploration whether it's hiking, riding, birdwatching, and learning. Come to Camp Saguaro and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the desert. What to expect: We are in a rural neighborhood where most parcels are 1-3 acres, we have seven acres. It's quiet around here but along with the natural sounds of the desert like yipping coyotes, and woodpeckers pecking, you may hear a horse, dog, or chicken. While we are on the outskirts of Tucson, we are not completely remote. Camp Saguaro is tobacco-free. Local attractions: Saguaro National Park- 2.3 miles or 2.6 miles to an entrance, 3.7 miles to the visitor center Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum-3.9 miles Tucson Mountain Park-2.5 miles Old Tucson Studios (over 400 movies have been filmed here)-7.1 miles International Wildlife Museum-11 miles King's Canyon Trailhead-3.8 miles Necessities: Gasoline-Speedway 5.7 miles Propane-Wagon Wheel 5.8 miles, West Ajo Feeds 12 miles Hardware-Picture Rocks Hardware 5.6 miles Groceries-Fry's Cortaro Road 14 miles
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Morning Dew Trail

1 site · RV1 acre · Vail, AZ
Enjoy tent or RV camping on a beautiful half acre ranch space located just a few feet from the access to Cienega nature preserve and a short drive to Saguaro national park. This Vail property is friendly to all pets and horses and has wonderful trails for hiking, riding, ATV, and biking. Dirt space is semi graded and partially fenced with access from evening sun trail and a multi connection electrical pedestal and full service water hook up and septic intake. This space is private but shares the property with a house on east side that has its own fenced off yard and is the address of property and rented out separately. Sniper rifle range roughly 200 meters available on preserve with metal plate targets at set distances. Message for details. 4x4 or ATV/horse needed for access. Houses on other 1 acre lots share the neighborhood and nature is a stones throw to the east in the form of the nature preserve
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GLAMP CAMP STAY at INFINITY RANCH

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents300 acres · Tucson, AZ
🌵 Escape to a 300 acre Private Nature Preserve: Exclusive Private Camping in Tucson, Arizona 🌄 Embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Sonoran Desert with our exclusive Private Nature Camping Sites at Infinity Ranch. Rediscovered after 34 years this gated wonderland stood untouched for 3 decades now open for you to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Sierrta Mountain Chain, where rugged landscapes meet starlit skies, and the serenity of nature becomes your personal sanctuary. 🏕️ Secluded Oasis Hidden Yet Close To City Life Discover the magic of our carefully curated private camping sites, nestled behind 7000 acres of Arizona State Trust Land in the outskirts of Tucson . Yet, just 30 to 50 minutes from major tourist venues like: Old Tucson Studios, Pima Air and Space Museum, Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, Casino Del Sol, Kitt Peak National Observatory, and many others. This hidden gem offers an intimate escape for those seeking solace in nature's embrace without trekking to far from access to modern amenities. Settle into your campsite surrounded by the enchanting saguaros and mesquite trees that paint the landscape. 🌅 Sunrise Serenity, Sunset Spectacle Awaken to the gentle hues of the sunrise as the desert comes alive with a symphony of colors. Your private camping experience allows you to savor the tranquility of the morning, sipping a steaming cup of coffee or tea while the desert flora welcomes a new day. As the sun begins its descent, witness the breathtaking transformation of the horizon and create in harmony your own personal exclusive sunset ceremony, painting the sky in hues of pink, orange, and gold. Get your camera ready for that Insta Pic. Oh and no worries High Speed Data Cellular Service is available from your preferred carrier.... YEP IN THE MIDDLE OF A SECLUDED PRIVATE NATURE PRESERVE YOUR PHONE WORKS! 🔥 Campfire Tales and Stargazing Delight As the evening unfolds, gather around a your crackling campfire to share stories under the vast desert sky, lose yourself in a mesmerizing stargazing experience. With minimal light pollution, Infinity Ranch's night sky becomes a canvas of celestial wonders, inviting you to marvel at the cosmos like never before. Rated between a Class 2 Truly Dark Sky and a Class 3 Rual Dark Sky on the Bortle Scale 🚀 Tailored Adventures and Guided Exploration Customize your camping adventure with a range of outdoor activities, from hiking through saguaro-studded trails, challenging mountain biking, small off-road ATVs allowed, birdwatching, desert survival skills, history and mining tours, nature photography and STAR GAZING. Our experienced guides are on hand to ensure you make the most of your desert expedition, providing insights into the unique flora, fauna, geological and massive mineral diversity (Fluorite, 3 Types Of Quartz and more) that call Infinity Ranch home. 🌟 Unplug and Reconnect Escape the demands of modern life and embrace the simplicity of nature. Our private camping sites at Infinity Ranch provide you a unique private opportunity to unplug, unwind, and reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of the desert, where each moment is a precious gift waiting to be discovered. 🌿 Book Your Private Nature Camping Experience Today Launch on your adventure with our exclusive private camping sites in Tucson, Arizona at Infinity Ranch. Limited 4 slots available for Tent, Primative or Self Contained Camper/RV (Up To 24 Ft) Power can be provided for an extra fee of $ 25.00 per day. Potable Water Can Be Provided for a $10 fee. Reserve your spot now and create memories that will last a lifetime. Nature is calling – will you answer?
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Freedom in the Catalinas

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Tucson, AZ
Escape to the days when you are with your favorite people and pets, free from everyday obligations and surrounded by beautiful desert, open spaces and fresh air! This Acre has a ramada w/table & chairs, fire pit, lots of privacy, septic & water hookup. Great for solar power enthusiasts! (No electric) Excellent hiking, biking, riding, etc. near Catalina State Park, State Trust land, Zipline in Oracle, Baby Jesus Trail, Rail X Ranch Rd., Willow Springs Rd, Park Links Rd, Charouleau Gap, Pima Pistol Club, and about 3 miles to shopping and restaurants. It’s perfect for an RV that's 30' or less, bumper tow trailers that are 24' max and 5th wheels that are 26' and under. …Avoid crowds and take time to get away … …Life’s better when you add fresh air, warm campfire, bright stars and s’mores …RV spot on 1 acre near Catalina, Oro Valley & Saddlebrook and 20-30 min to Tucson. …Easy access to shopping, dining, hiking & biking and Catalina State Park We are happy to answer any questions you may have and send additional pictures. We will also consider nightly stays depending on season.
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Mt. Lemmon Pit Stop

1 site · RV1 acre · Tucson, AZ
We are located in a quiet neighborhood near Catalina Highway (road that takes you up Mt. Lemmon). We offer an RV parking area that includes 30 amp electric, water, and wifi. Nearby activities include: Mt Lemmon recreational area (29 miles), Sabino Canyon (8.5 miles), Saguaro National Park (7 miles), Pima air and space Museum (13 miles), Biosphere 2 (42 miles), Sonoita Vineyards (59 miles), and Kartchner Caverns (52 miles) to name a few.
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Catalina Vista

1 site · RV2 acres · Tucson, AZ
Quiet and private parking area on half of a 2 acre lot (own occupies other side with a wash separating the 2 sides). Located in a sparse residential neighborhood on a private road. Over 150ft to the nearest neighbor, located at 3,100ft of elevation, with panoramic views of the Catalina Mountains and Oro Valley. Nearby attractions include Catalina State Park, Coronado National Forest, and Arizona State Trust land. Despite all the public land nearby, it is only 6 minute drive to a grocery store and restaurants. Easy access to hiking and biking trails.
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Natural Material Haven In Central

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Tucson, AZ
Nestled in a tranquil, central neighborhood, this property boasts a charming strawbale casita, a classic mid-century main house, and the delightful adobe studio showcased in this listing. Equipped with all the essentials for a comfortable stay, this booking offers convenience unparalleled, situated adjacent to Reid Park, with easy access to shopping, dining, and transportation options in the heart of Tucson. Onsite amenities include a laundry machine and clothesline, ensuring your practical needs are met, while off-street parking is provided for one car, offering added convenience. Please note: Access to the full bed in the loft is via a metal ladder (refer to photos for reference).
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Tucson...

1 site · RV1 acre · Tucson, AZ
Shady campsite tucked between two homes in central Tucson with 15A, 30A & 50A electric hookup, sewer-dump, water and Wifi. No restroom facilities are provided. 45ft maximum total length for RV, trailer and tow vehicle. 12 ft max height. 9 ft max width. No slide outs. No generator use. Close to bus routes.
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The best camping near Saguaro National Park guide

Overview

About

The massive Saguaro cactus only grows in a small section of the Sonoran Desert in Southern Arizona. Saguaro National Park provides a prime spot for appreciating this iconic symbol of the Wild West. Two units are located outside the city of Tucson, offering hiking trails and scenic desert drives. The National Park Service offers 21 campsites spread across 6 campgrounds in the Saguaro Wilderness Area in the Rincon Mountains. Nearby public lands and state parks offer various camping options outside of the national park, and many private RV parks can be found in the greater Tucson region.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for backcountry camping: Within the park, primitive campsites in the Saguaro Wilderness Area are scenic. These tent sites require campers to hike in, with several miles of hiking and several feet of elevation gain involved.
  • Best for RVers: Campers will find electric hookups and both tent and RV sites at nearby Catalina State Park, Kartchner Caverns State Park, and the Gilbert Ray Campground in Tucson Mountain Park.
  • Best for boondocking: Free dispersed camping is allowed in the surrounding Coronado National Forest.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • The Saguaro Wilderness Area campsites are for tent camping only; RVs and other vehicles cannot reach these camping areas.
  • NPS backcountry camping permits are required for camping in the Saguaro Wilderness Area.
  • Campsites at Arizona State Parks may be booked by phone or online up to a year in advance.
  • Dispersed camping in Coronado National Forest is first-come-first-served. Some areas see a lot of traffic and have limited openings.

When to go

If you visit Saguaro National Park in the summer, prepare for extreme heat, with temperatures potentially topping 110 degrees. Evenings are much cooler, as are higher elevations, so hikers should always bring layers of clothing. Carrying sunscreen and plenty of water is essential. Spring and fall are much more moderate, though evening temperatures drop quickly. Wildflowers bloom March through May, adding color to the desert landscapes. This year-round park can be appreciated in the winter, with high temperatures in the 60s and freezes rarely occurring.

Know before you go

  • The cactus gardens outside of the park visitors centers offer an introduction to the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert.
  • Camping spots at higher elevations may have different weather conditions; plan accordingly.
  • Restrooms and water sources are not available at campgrounds in the park.
  • Campfires are not allowed at Douglas Spring Campground or Grass Shack Campground.

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