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Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park)

Tucson, Arizona


3551 S San Joaquin Rd
Tucson, Arizona 85735
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Sites: 240
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 32.18096
Longitude: -111.14850

Elevation: 2451' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly no
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities yes
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

We stay here every winter and love the camaraderie and friendliness of all the staff and RVers. The monthly event calendar is overflowing with activities with a wide enough variety to suite every interest. An eclectic range of outstanding entertainers perform twice a week, there are live bands for a dance twice a month and regular potluck meals with great food. It would be easy to only leave the RV park to go to the supermarket - and food trucks come to the park twice a week! However, Tucson itself is worth visiting with great hiking, theatre, restaurants, and cultural activities. And if you come in summer, you can still find a shady campsite where you are only steps away from a delightful early morning or evening hike in the desert. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

People are very friendly & welcoming! Lots of activities to choose from. Food trucks, professional entertainment during season. Monday morning campground meeting. Call early fills up for the season. Great place anytime of the year. Quiet campground. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C-17
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is lots of shopping within 7-8 miles

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

If being crammed in like a sardine with tight roads in a old water park run by a tinpot despot is your idea of a campground then its for you. If not I would look elsewhere maybe next door. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Travel Trailer.

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We've had a wonderful stay for the past month at Desert Trails RV Park. The staff and facilities have been excellent, and the activities--such as on-site food trucks, twice weekly music, craft sessions, exercise classes, and more--have been off the charts. I'm not sure where some other reviewers stayed when they panned this park, but it seems clear that it wasn't here: all of the facilities have been clean and well cared-for. This is not, in our experience, an "RV Resort" with tidy, regimented rows of trailers and motorhomes. This is the kind of park where rigs fit in every which way--and before you can even start backing into your space, a half-dozen residents are there to help. It's a fantastic place to stay. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
W12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are hundreds of things to do in greater Tucson. Don't miss the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and stop for breakfast at Coyote Pause at Cat Mountain.

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Review Count: 148
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

After avoiding this RV Park for five years, I returned since I could use my Passport America discount. My opinion, and rating of this RV Park has not changed. I realize the snow birders who loyally stay here each winter season love this place. It's an okay place, especially so when other Tucson RV Parks are placed in the mix, for a few nights during the off season. During the offseason when the place is only one third occupied or less, the tight narrow RV sites are not so bad. Those small sites, are not level. The lanes are very narrow. I advise to avoid ustheng tiny pool, which during my stay was a toxic chemical bath. The electrical system here appears to be hundred years of age, and thus has the potential to inflict considerable damage to unprotected RV appliances. The facilities smell like rats, and are not cleaned well. Regardless this place will be full in a few months. I suppose there is little incentive for the owner to upgrade the RV Park to modern standards. I cut my visit short, and I suppose I'll go another five years before returning. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Very attractive, well kempt, large Park with many desert plants and activities such as bocce ball. Wish we had time to stay longer. Level sites, big lending library, good dog run. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
M5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Very friendly atmosphere. Great scenery with lots of hiking trails. Several laundry rooms, bathrooms and showers. Has pool room, workout room, library, heated pool. Weekly entertainment and classes. Best RV park I have been in yet! We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

I really liked this park. Stayed 4 nights and wish I could have stayed longer. We were in space C-4 and had lots of space, but I could see that other spaces were not as spacious. The park is built on top of a closed water park, and some water park artifacts remain. Our space backup up to the desert and the views of the mountains were stunning. The RV compound is next to state park land with well marked hiking trails. The park has lot's (really a lot) of cactus gardens that feel natural and are beautiful. Everyone I met was very friendly and we were invited to happy hour by multiple campers. The office staff was very helpful and informative, they have tons on information concerning surrounding activities. I will definitely return to Desert Trails. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
C-4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We had to stay in overflow, dry camping, because park was full. Great laundry which is always important when we're on the road. Lots of walking trails in desert. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Adjacent to Justin's. Good food around but you have to drive to it. Coyote Pause was great.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful Sonoran Desert site. Warm, friendly community & fun events. Arts & crafts of every description, taught by residents. Many long term winter residents from U.S. & Canada. Rich & poor. Big Rigs & Pop-ups, warmly welcomed. Everybody equal. Weekly One Hour "Warm Up" session with humorous Owner (Donuts & Coffee). Worth a try. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my truck camper
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Visit nearby Old Tucson, Desert Museum, & Saguaro National Park. Hike or bike desert trails from RV Park to Tucson Mt. Park. Great Nature Immersion.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We started "RVing" in 2009. Over the years we have stayed in all types of RV parks..on the beach in Baja, swamps in Louisiana, expensive "RV Resorts" and even the old standby, Walmart. Desert Trails has become our favorite park over the past few years and we now return here every winter. The only "knock" on Desert Trails is that some of the sites are pretty narrow and close together. This one is larger and fits us well. We enjoy being able to walk in the desert on the trails, which we do most days. We enjoy the varied entertainment the park provides several nights a week, usually on a "pass the hat" basis. We enjoy the friendly, helpful employees and volunteer help. In addition, the park is reasonably close to shopping and restaurants, etc. The rates are extremely reasonable..the rate quoted above is the monthly rate of $540 for 30 amp service converted to a 30 day month. I don't think any park in Tucson can match it. All in all, Desert Trails is the best you can do! We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Tucson has plenty of things to see and do. The office has advice on where to go and offers a Tucson discount book that gives up to 50% off of activities. In addition, the park owner talks about special events going on in Tucson in the Monday AM meeting. Often, he gets feedback from the audience from those that have attended the events so you can get feedback on parking, costs, etc.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Unusual park, not at all like the majority of parks in the area. Very conscientious and involved owner. Lots of residents come here year after year, and many make lasting friendships. Tons of activities including excellent entertainers, food trucks twice a week, and club activities for writers, photographers, rock hounds and others. Situated in the desert with lots of trails that go for miles. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Many activities and lots of walking trails in Tucson Mountain Park which borders the back of the RV park. Usually booked up in winter. Many come back year after year and stay all winter. Great staff and lots of things to do, like a shooting group that goes to the Tucson Firing Range weekly. And a gem and mineral group. Also a very professional group of photographers. They also have 50 amp sites in the park. Power is included in the price you pay if you stay by the month or season. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E9
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

From here, you can take many day trips. Mexico, Titan Missile site, Kitt Peak, UofA mirror lab, Puma Air Museum, Old Tucson, Karchner Caverns, Tombstone, Biosphere 2, and many more.

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Review Count: 78
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Beautifully landscaped desert park. Some very nice sites, some parking lot sites. Most are not very big if you have slides. Many regular seasonals. With a few exceptions, they were very friendly to transients. Park has lots of activities, music, and social gatherings. We were here in 2010, and that's one of the reasons we came back here for the holiday break. Park staff are wonderful hosts. The New Years dance they threw was one of the best we had ever attended. A lot of work and trouble by staff and volunteers to pull that off! If there was a down side, it was that the wifi in our location (even with a booster) was so so at best, and frustrating the rest of the time. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a wide network of desert trails behind the camp. Trails marking is minimal. Take the map the park provides. These are rough trails, narrow in places, with lots of encroaching cacti. Anything from hard packed dirt to loose gravel, which changes without warning. Gullies and bends. Cycling risks close encounters of the cactus kind. Hiking is fine, but wear good boots, and mind your step. (Taking tweezers and bandaids is not a bad idea.) Also, visit PIMA air museum. Totally amazing.

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Rate based on 1 month stay. This park is a 5.0 rating at best. This is not a resort-it's a campground-built around an old waterpark that they didn't bother to tear out. Bathrooms, office and many out buildings, gym equipment, furnishings in them are worn out/thrift store appearance. Sites: mostly small, tight, oddly shaped in odd places, some w/uneven surfaces. Our site was long, closer to county road-traffic noise and drivers in park speed. Many of the RVers return year after year (some 18 +/- years) they get the level, larger, quieter sites in the back. Many of the activities offered didn't interest us (we call them sit down activities) no tennis courts/pickleball/bumbee ball, no water/pool activities and there are 'private groups' (?). The park was mostly full but if you're a planner it's not hard to reserve (as people claim?). We planned to stay longer, based on reviews, but canceled based on experience. We will return for a month next winter. Hopely, the owners make some changes/upgrades, invest $$, including using computer/on-line, text information sharing and hiring (work kamper?) experienced activity facilitator-it's a large CG/changing population dynamics. Attend the Monday info mtgs for (kinda) updated/info or look at Bulletin Boards for info, or show up only to learn it's canceled. The music events are good-pass the (coffee can?) to pay, marked trails are on 'flat' desert ground, yoga-$2-pay instructor, mountain bike group is semi organized-offering beginner's and advanced groups, the "Mtn Bike course" is odd. Owner/mgr (male) can be curt. We are first time desert campers-it would have been helpful for office to offer a 'beware of and what to do in case of' snakes, scorpions, ants, packRATS, coyotes, goat heads- thorns and valley fever, at this park. This park is 8+ miles from stores-nearby Fire/Rescue is busy. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
V
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Lots to keep you busy outside the park. Read other review and google search.

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