Camping vacations don’t get much better than the Tucson area. Pleasantly cool piney mountains cloak the Southern swath of the state, filled with canyons and cliff dwellings. In the area are hundreds of golf courses and reliable sunshine makes the region a favorite escape from winter. The fragile Sonoran Desert sweeps across the state’s southwestern quadrant, featuring stunning desert scenery highlighted by the iconic saguaro cactus. Your RV will make the perfect base camp for all of Arizona's attractions.
Voted top 10 museum in the U.S. by Trip Advisor, The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a 98-acre zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, and art gallery. You will explore the Sonoran Desert world of Mexican wolves, road runners, saguaros, javelinas, coatis, mountain lions, hummingbirds, butterfly gardens, iconic venomous lizards and snakes, and much more. Don't miss the Raptor Free Flight, where you will stand in the flight path of native birds-of-prey as they fly so close you can feel the brush of feathers (seasonal attraction).
Tucson, Arizona is home to the nation's largest cacti. The giant Saguaro is the universal symbol of the American west. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park, to the East and West of the modern city of Tucson. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti, silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset.
The Reid Park Zoo, founded in 1967, is a 24-acre city-owned and operated, non-profit zoo. The zoo features more than 500 animals in four zones that are organized by habitat and a large aviary (Flight Connection) exhibiting dozens of bird species from several continents. The Adaptation Zone houses animals such as the grizzly bear and Aldabra giant tortoise. The South America Zone boasts of animals such as the jaguar and the speckled bear. The Asian Zone features the tiger, and the African Animals Zone showcases animals such as the lion and giraffe. Expedition Tanzania, a 7-acre expansion opened to the public in 2012, is home to a herd of 6 African elephants, including a female calf born at the zoo in 2014, the first ever elephant born in the State of Arizona.
Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. It was founded in 1692 in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement of the Tohono O'odham, located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. The site is also known in Tohono O'odham language as the "place where the water appears," as there were once natural springs in the area. The Mission is a pilgrimage site, with thousands visiting each year.