Picacho / Tucson NW KOA

Open September 1 - May 1

Reserve: 800-562-4186

Info: 520-466-2966


18428 S. Picacho Hwy

Picacho, AZ 85141

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Camper Rating 4.5 out of 5

Based on 761 Reviews

Tent Reviews

May 06, 2016
The Picacho KOA was an oasis in the desert for us, after a long long day of driving from California. Wonderful people, great service, incredibly clean, nicely located tent sites and a fantastic playground for the kids. I would return to this KOA any day!


Thank you so much for your comments. We hope you do come back again.
Apr 29, 2016
The cleanliness of Restrooms was spectacular. The dish washing sink left more to be desired. Was dirty. Our shoes got stolen on the last day. There wasn't anyone but us and the hosts on the camp ground. One pair was and old worn out sneakers, and the other a very expensive five toe vibram shoes. Overall, it's a great place to stay but watch your belongings!!!!! Not all smiling faces are friendly!


Wish you would have come in to tell us about this. We don't have things stolen here so we're surprised. We've had some dust storms and apologize about the sink. Hope you will come back to see us.
Apr 20, 2016
We spend a weekend and it was very nice spot. With 4 little ones that loved the playground. All the facilities we're clean at all times. Unfortunately it was windy the evening we got there and dust was flying everywhere but thats to be expected in the desert. Overall this was a nice place!
Apr 20, 2016
Excellent friendly staff. Lovely location. Couldn't ask for a nicer stay. Service is excellent.


Thank you Matt. Enjoyed having you stay with us. Come back soon.
Apr 05, 2016
Friendly, helpful staff. Extended our stay from 4 nights to 7. Thanks! !


We are happy you could stay longer. Come back again.
Apr 04, 2016
Always a great experience with KOA. Picacho is an awesome stop for anyone traveling through Arizona. Thanks, again.
Mar 24, 2016
I only stayed 1 night but my impressions are favorable. Located right off the highway so it's easy to find but loud from the truck traffic at night. The bathroom/showers were very clean. Friendly staff. Pretty nice place... :)
Mar 21, 2016
A nice place to pitch a tent. Clean and functional facilities. Very friendly people. And a good little place to eat as a bonus.
Mar 01, 2016
Very clean
Feb 18, 2016
Nice place nice people.
Jan 20, 2016
Jan 04, 2016
Dec 31, 2015
Very well maintained, excellent spot near Picacho Peak. Tasty little steakhouse and a very friendly staff! Highly recommend.
Dec 23, 2015
Not family friendly


We are very family friendly. Everyone has to follow the speed limit. It keeps everyone safe. Sorry you had an unpleasant stay.
Nov 30, 2015
My 12 year old son and I enjoyed our stay. Very clean and helpful staff. It is very close to the highway and train tracks but we slept great in our tent. Hamburger and pulled pork dinners were great.
Nov 30, 2015
We arrived late in the day and the couple managing in the evening went above and beyond to help us get settled in. They were so friendly and helpful and stayed late to make sure we had everything we needed, stopping by after hours to check on us. Plus the bathrooms were the cleanest bathrooms I've ever seen at a campground!
Oct 30, 2015
We had a great time. We met wonderful people and will return. The campground was clean and safe, all of the hosts were helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you....
Oct 20, 2015
Very noisy, poor internet, the pool is unfortunately despite the heating cold. But extremely nice camp site and people!
Sep 12, 2015
Great location. No internet. Poor water pressure in the shower. No water fountain. Long motorcycle ride and got to the the site after everything was closed. On site restaurant was closed and could not get a beer. Great for RV but not for motorcycle rider.


Perhaps you should mention you need these things on the phone when you know you are coming in after closing. We talked on the phone about you coming in late and leaving before we opened. Sorry you were not happy.
Apr 06, 2015
Mar 28, 2015
Safe friendly well maintained
Mar 07, 2015
Great service, friendly staff, nice fenced-off campsite. Wifi needs some juice but other than that it was an excellent stay.
Mar 03, 2015
Very friendly staff!


More feedback about how we can improve your stay would be helpful for such a poor score.
Feb 28, 2015
Feb 11, 2015
Very noisy. Next to constantly busy railroad tracks.


The train tracks are actually on the other side of I-10. Pros and cons to being easy in and easy out. Sorry for your inconvenience.
Feb 06, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
Oct 30, 2014
A very nice campground, unfortunately very noisy near trains and interstate. Very friendly staff. Unfortunately the pool heater was broken this time.


We have replaced the solar panels and the pool is nice and warm. Come on back.
Apr 21, 2014
Very friendly staff. Clean bathroom and showers. I wish they open all year round!!!
Apr 16, 2014
Camp was clean & the staff friendly. WIFI was non-existant but this was one KOA that was upfront about it. I sent my emails & made calls before arriving a BIG thank you for that! I arrived just before their season was to end so no Chuck wagon steaks. Can't place my finger on it but traveling alone the camp felt too desolate. Would not stay here again unless they were in full season.
Mar 31, 2014
My 11 year old daughter and I (single mom) stayed in our tent at this KOA Kampground...our second year in a row. We both love it...we feel safe and secure, the grounds are well kept and beautiful, the pool area is great, the on-site restaurant has yummy food, and all the folks that work there (and stay there) are super friendly. Looking forward to staying there again next spring break!
Mar 19, 2014
This was a night stop on a road trip from Texas to California. We arrived late, no reservation, did a night check-in and were on the road the next morning. The staff handled the night check-in with no problems, the facilities were clean, and the stay was restful.
Mar 18, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
Very nice campground with an excellent cafe on site. Level tent sites, some shade. Clean bathrooms. Friendly staff.
Feb 23, 2014
Owners were great. Restaurant people fun and food great.
Feb 18, 2014
Great team working there, excellent food at Frankie's Chuckwagon and clean facilities make for an all around excellent camping experience.
Feb 05, 2014
There are trains passing during the night that do whistle as they go by.


Wish I could ask them not to do that.
Feb 01, 2014
Nice hosts and decent facility. Tent sites are closest to the freeway, so pretty noisy. Since tents have no soundproofing, would be nice if they located them further back, but guess,they try and put them close to the bath house.


You are correct. Close to the restrooms and showers is a convenience and the interstate is close by. Sorry you didn't have the best stay.
Jan 12, 2014
It was cold but that is what one can expect camping outside in the winter. Staff was great. Nice and clean bathrooms. I would have like to commons room to be open a bit later but, hey, that is just selfishness on my part.
Dec 14, 2013
Facility and people were great, I'm in a tent and it gets a little spendy. Was going to try to spend the winter camping -- can't afford that.
Dec 02, 2013
Best showers I've ever seen at a campground! The only complaint I have about it is the location; a few miles away from the highway and those hourly freight trains always blowing their whistles would make a world of difference. But... when tired enough, one can sleep through anything.
Nov 26, 2013
The campground caretakers were extremely nice, however 30 plus dollars to set up my tent on some grass is a criminal fee. I arrived at night, prices were not posted, and I was just tent camping. I could have stayed at a motel for 30 dollars. Not a positive experience in that regard, but I will stress that the hosts were very, very nice people.


Our prices are inline with the state park. We will take a reservation for no charge and the state park charges $5.00 to take an online reservation. We have food to your site, a pool, clean warm restrooms. Our goal is to make stays Great.
Nov 06, 2013
I really enjoyed my stay in Picacho. Dean and his wife were wonderful. Dean helped me set up my tent and he even delivered my dinner ! I built a nice campfire and went to sleep under the stars. Everything was neat and clean. VERY well taken care of. Thank you !!!!!
Oct 21, 2013
The best pool of all KOAs. Not the size, but the temperature! Great camping sink, super showers. We will come back!
Oct 15, 2013
The staff (owners?) were fantastic, my tent site was perfect and the bathroom was heated. But this KOA is 100 yards from a major freeway (Tucson - Phoenix.)If you are tent camping, give up any chance of sleep. The constant din of fwy traffic is unbearable. Why KOA builds so near freeways is beyond me. The niceness of the staff and the campground itself is overshadowed by the unrelenting fwy noise
Oct 13, 2013
Interstate,train,and plane noise was Terrible and very limited shade unlike the website stated.The managers were nice and restrooms were clean.
Sep 18, 2013
We had a good visit.
Sep 07, 2013
The host was extremely helpful went out of their way to make us comfortable!
Apr 09, 2013
My girls and I camped in our tent at their tent site...conveniently located close to showers/bathroom, laundry room, and (of course) the swimming pool!! Bathrooms/showers were very clean....restaurant had amazing food (steaks, and Friday was the fish fry!!). Lots of fun stuff to see and do close by (Rooster Cogburn's Ostrich Farm was awesome!)
Mar 20, 2013
Nice, friendly, clean. Love the dog park!

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