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Am headed to Tucson at end of month for a wedding. Any recommendations for campgrounds and interesting sights off I-8 between SD and Tucson?

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In Yuma Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park off of I-8.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument by Ajo has camping but is out in the outback for sure. Never been there. OrganPipe Also in the area Why BLM Free Boondocking

Kortsen/West Pinal County Park Off I-8 Located on SR 84 about 1 mile east of I-8 exit 151. 15 miles from Ak-Chin Casino/Maricopa; 25 miles west of Casa Grande. Casino parking lot allows overnight parking in designated areas as well. Parking lot

Picacho Peak State Park Picacho

[emoticon] Tucson Mountain Park and Gilbert Ray Campground Camping and Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. StatePark... Tucson Mountain Park is in the same area as Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park West Unit and Old Tucson Town a very neat drive and neat vistas.

Snider Hill - Free Boondocking and Free Campsites

The Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum is really great (a zoo mainly without bars mostly) is over on the west side of Tucson by the Saguaro Nat'l Park and Old Tucson (the movie set/theme park). The Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum is a must see for sure. DesertMuseum
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Saguaro National Park near Tucson is great to see. Two sections seperated by Tucson. East and West. Nat'l Park

East Side one can camp at Colossal Cave.

These are some things I'd like to see DeGrazia Gallery & Tucson Museum of Art & Tucson Botanical Gardens & Sabino Canyon & Pima Canyon at End of Magee Road in Oro Valley; Pima Canyon rivals Sabino Canyon in grandeur, and it just never gets as crowded. From the parking lot at the end of Magee Road, the trail takes you into a pristine high-desert canyon that seems to be hundreds of miles from any urban area. You're likely to see most of the birds common to the Sonoran Desert such as cardinals, rock wrens and band verdins, but the real treat for any hiker is to watch the silhouette of a golden eagle soaring above the cliffs; if you're really lucky, you might even spot some Bighorn Sheep high on the rocks above you. You can turn around anytime, or decide to continue the strenuous hike all the way up to Mt. Lemmon. Also Colossal Cave.

And other Things to Do in Tucson.

East of Tucson by Willcox a free place to overnight Stout's Cider Mill & AZ Vistor Center

For some neat places to eat in Tucson, IMHO, try THESE! [emoticon]

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Picacho is only 40 miles from Tucson. Del Pueblo in Yuma or Augie's in Gila Bend. Augue's is not fancy but we use it for overnights when coming back that way.


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Rio Bend RV and Golf resort just off the interstate on the west side of El Centro CA is a nice spot. It's a couple of hours from San Diego.

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