Gilbert Ray Campground

County Park

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8451 W McCain Loop Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85735
520-883-4200
520-877-6000
Official Website

GPS: 32.2208, -111.1444

Last Price Paid: $20
Number of Sites: 130
Pad Type: gravel
Elevation: 2627 ft
Max Stay: 7
Tent Camping: Yes

38 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
4bars
Verizon 3G
4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
4bars
AT&T Voice Only
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WAP
Boise, ID
25 AirStream International Serenity
2017 Ford F350
6 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 6
Site Number: C5

WAP would stay here again

“Perfect Sonoran Desert Setting!”

Reviewed Apr 29, 2018

Overall Rating

There is not a lot I can say that hasn’t already been said. This campground is a beautiful setting in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. We had no trouble getting a great spot and never saw the campground at complete capacity. I suspect the lines that were written about in previous reviews were during “high time” which likely correlat... more

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4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


9 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: A 11

refchef would stay here again

“Perfect.”

Reviewed Apr 12, 2018

Overall Rating

I hate to write this review. Why? Because this campground is so wonderful and empty and quiet. I want to keep it all to myself! Just outside Tucson, Gilbert Ray campground is a hidden gem. Well, maybe not. There are too many sites (almost 70 in our loop) for it to be as unknown as “hidden gem” implies, but right now, in April, i... more

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5bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

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RudiOnTheRoad
Forest Knolls, CA
16 Airstream International Signature Bambi
21 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 0
“Have to line up by 8am to get a spot here!”

Reviewed Mar 03, 2018

Overall Rating

I tried for two days to get into this campground. I drove through and yes, it looks amazing, especially for the price! Some of the sites are a bit tight looking and close together though. But I felt I had to leave a heads up for people hoping to camp here. I tried first on a Thursday but NO VACANCY by the time I arrived around 4pm. O... more

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Jen and Q
Livingston, TX
27 Airstream Flying Cloud Twin
2012 Ford F-250
152 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: A5

Jen and Q would stay here again

Reviewed Jan 15, 2018

Overall Rating

Lots of desert, lots of dark, love it. Slow internet for me on Verizon. No showers, easy dump station, no water at site but easy access throughout park for water. My site took 3 tiles to level and I saw some of the other sites had the same difficulty but overall a very great place to stay. Especially love the that the Desert Museum... more

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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3 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: A26

Laila would stay here again

“Best way to experience desert landscape, super clean!”

Reviewed Jan 12, 2018

Overall Rating

7 days wasn’t enough, clean campground with spacious spots. Not crowded at all! Quick 20 min drive to town!

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2bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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1 review
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 20a

Susan would stay here again

“Beautiful”

Reviewed Dec 30, 2017

Overall Rating

Well worth the money. Beautiful sunsets. Easy hiking. Lots of seguro cactus. Very quiet. I will ring in the New Year here.

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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AlVie AlBums
Ladysmith, WI
25 Airstream International
2014 Ford F150
104 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 2

AlVie AlBums would stay here again

“Wonderful, as usual”

Reviewed Dec 19, 2017

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This is such a great campground. Beautiful scenery, paved roads, gravel sites. Be a bit careful when choosing a site, as some are not angled very well for backing. We had a great view of the mountains out our bedroom this time. Hiking right from the campground. Town is beginning to sprawl out this way more, as they are improving A... more

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2bars
AT&T Voice Only

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TheDarlingWanderers

15 Truck Camper
12 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: C26
“Good bang for your buck! ”

Reviewed Oct 19, 2017

Overall Rating

We really enjoyed our stay here! We were happy to pay the daily fee and have the electricity given the AZ heat (even in October!). It’s very close to the Saguaro National Park which is a must-see. The sites are not full hook ups, but there are a couple dump stations and places to fill up the water tank. We did see a rattlesnake here, h... more

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The Aluminum Life

35 Airstream Classic33
2018 Ford Platinum F-350
20 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: C17

The Aluminum Life would stay here again

“7 days was not enough”

Reviewed Sep 23, 2017

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We stayed the max days here and wished we could have stayed longer. You can,however, leave for 7 days and return. The scenery is beautiful. We joked that it looked like a movie set in our backyard. Tons of birds if you are a bird enthusiast. We had a rabbit stop by one night. Watched us for a little bit and moved along. There ar... more

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4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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CavesofWander

32 Jayco Greyhawk 31FS
14 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: H26
“$20 night for just electricity has never been so worth it!”

Reviewed Apr 08, 2017

Overall Rating

Yup. You heard it. We paid $20/night just for electricity here. The frugal side of me felt so wronged. I still think it is a little steep to ask, but I paid it and so did a lot of other people. The views are awesome and you're only a few minutes drive away from Saguaro National Forest which is awesome. The Saguaro cactus (and prick... more

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Desert Time

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Unlike last year when we spent Christmas smack in the middle of Florida at my Grandmother’s house, this year we decided to enjoy a desert holiday in Tucson. Our very favorite place to stay in Tu...

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Hookups:
  • 30 Amp
  • Partial Hookups
Recreation:
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • dump station
  • recycle
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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