Our first stop after arriving in Tucson, AZ was at Snyder Hill BLM Land. There was a lot of construction going on around this BLM land and only one entrance and exit was useable from what we could see and it was as soon as we turned off the main road. The other entrances were huge ditches. This along with the fact that our car was getting fixed and couldn’t take us anywhere while we boondocked here made this stop not a favorite for us, though we were thankful for the few nights of free camping and the help of new friends with our car while there. These new traveling friends, who happen to be mechanics, came out every night that week to get our car’s brakes fixed and to hang out, and we were so thankful for that!
The location of the Snyder Hill BLM land is in close proximity to Saguaro National Park, but if staying in the area again, we will head down the road to the Gilbert Ray Campground (pictures at beginning of post) in the beautiful Tucson Mountain Park and pay for a sit there ($20 a night for an electric only site). We did this for a few nights later in our stay in Tucson, and loved this spot, the views, and the location! We will post videos soon about both of these spots!
We also stayed about 45 minutes east of Tucson at Valley Vista RV Resort in Benson, AZ. It was a simple RV Park with a nice pool and a place where we met quite a few other families, with kids around our kids ages (2 of which happened to be from our hometown of Pittsburgh), and formed great friendships!
Benson is a small town, but is close to a quite a few worthwhile stops in southeast Arizona. One of our favorite stops was to the wild west town of Tombstone ( video above and pictured below) where we used a Groupon for the Old Tombstone gun show, trolley tour, and mini gold for any adults and kids ages 7 and up (6 and under are free), also get tickets to see the O.K. Corral there where the famous shoot out between the Earps, Doc Holliday, and a group of cowboys took place. Also, we enjoyed; the artsy town of Bisbee where you should eat at Santiago’s, walk on Main Street, and go to the farmer’s market on Saturdays, Chiricachua National Monument where we hiked the scenic Massai Point Nature Trail and the kids earned Jr Ranger Badges, and Kartchner Caverns State Park (some pics above) where there are campsites, and there is also nice visitor’s center with a movie and great information. You can also pay extra to head into the caverns, but the prices were pretty high, and we decided to do the free 2.5 mile Foothills Loop Trail that provided nice views of the mountains, gave us some great exercise, and also provided us with some great info along the way in conjunction with our map and marked stops on the trail. This kept this trail exciting for the kids!
Some of our favorite stops in Tucson were the west side of Saguaro National Park (pictured below), Tucson Mountain Park, Catalina State Park (would be a great place to camp), the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, Presta Coffee, and the Reid Park Zoo (which we got into for a great price with 50% off because of our AZA membership). We also went to a trampoline park in Tucson, played at beautiful Reid Park, and went to the International Wildlife Museum and the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium with our ASTC membership.
On our last weekend in town, we enjoyed leading worship at the friendly Alive Church in Tucson, and loved the people and mission there as well.
Some stops that we missed that we would have liked to have seen in the area were Old Tucson, The Pima Air and Space Museum, Colossal Caverns, San Javier Mission, and Kitt Peak Observatory (part of the ASTC program).
Was there anything else that we missed that you love to do in the Tucson area?