Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tucson Mountain Park/Gilbert Ray Campground, Tucson, AZ


We left Organ Pipe on Tuesday and had an uneventful 138 mile drive to Tucson, mainly on Hwy 86, a very good  lightly travelled 2 lane road through the Tohono O’Odham Reservation. We stayed at Gilbert Ray last March for a few days and really liked the park so we were looking forward to coming back. It is another desert park similar to Organ Pipe, although the leaves haven’t started coming out yet on the ocotillos so it’s not quite as green here.

We managed to get a great site, other than struggling with the Lynx Levelers to get leveled. This is our backyard for a week.


There is a 7 day limit or we would stay longer. $20/night with electric, and we got here just in time. The rain and cold front arrived yesterday and it was a miserable day, heavy rain (and snow on the mountains) and in the 40’s. We are definitely getting our money’s worth out of the electricity.

We had lots of errands to run, so we  drove around Tucson most of the day going to a bike shop, Camping World, the Post Office, bank, Petco, Chipotle Grill for lunch, and a trip to Costco and Trader Joe’s. Luckily Tuscon’s traffic is not bad and it was pretty easy getting around even in the rain. Looks like the bad weather is over, the sun is coming out, and it will be 70 by the weekend. Yeah!


  1. The desert pic is wonderful. It's spitting snow and very cold here, so your picture is very warming...

  2. Howdee..
    We. Are at Gilbert Ray also... Site 27 a loop. Come by to say hello.
    We would stay here longer too., love it here, and so close to sonoran desert museum.
    Catalina state park is wonderful.. You may want to check it out..
    Let's say hello anyway!