Gilbert Ray Campground: outstanding RV destination west of Tucson

Tucson Mountains from Gilbert Ray Campground. (Julianne G. Crane)
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Sunset at Gilbert Ray Campground west of Tucson. (Julianne G. Crane)

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

That’s how we first landed at this outstanding Pima County Campground a few years ago.  It is located on the west side of the Tucson Mountains, a convenient 13 miles from Tucson.

Our RVer friends Kevin and Janie Justis, recommended this park for its hiking trails and beautiful location. Bicycling is also popular in the area.

Gilbert Ray Campground, site 19, near Tucson. (Julianne G. Crane)

The public campground features 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.

You can reserve campsites online. Camping fees are a low $10 per night for tents (5 tent-only sites) and $20 per night for electricity (RV/tent) sites.  Senior Pass/Golden Age Pass NOT valid.  7-day stay limit.

No wood fires. The registration building is staffed January through March only. Call (520) 883-4200 during those months. Any other questions please call (520) 724-5000.   

Text and Photos: Julianne G. Crane.

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