Gilbert Ray Campground, outstanding county RV destination west of Tucson, great views


Gilbert Ray Campground is one of those gems that you might never experience unless someone tells you about it.

That’s how we landed for a couple of days at this outstanding Pima County Campground located on the west side of the Tucson Mountains, a convenient 13 miles from Tucson.

Our RVer friends Kevin and Janie Justis of Susanville, Calif., recommended this park for its hiking trails and beautiful location.

It is a first-come, first-serve public campground featuring 130 RV sites, each with spectacular views and 30-amp electrical hook-ups. There are centrally located water facets, flush toilets/sinks and an RV dumping station. No shower facilities available.

Camping fees are $10 per night for tents (5 tent sites) and $20 per night for RVs.  Senior Pass/Golden Age Pass NOT valid.

No wood fires. Cash or checks only. (Payment is made at the self-pay fee station near the north door of the registration building. The registration building is staffed January through March only.) 7-day stay limit. 

Photos: Sunset at Gilbert Ray Campground in the Tucson Mountain Park, west of Tucson. (Bottom) Loop C, Site 19. (Julianne G. Crane)

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