Tips for Planning a Family-Friendly RV Trip to Tucson

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One of the great things about RVing is that it’s the ideal way to enjoy a budget-friendly, family-friendly vacation. Your options are also expansive, and Tucson and surrounding areas are a great choice.

Tucson is a good place if you have kids and want to go somewhere they’ll enjoy, and of course, the weather is great. You can rent an RV in Tucson, or you can rent in another city and make it a stop on your road trip, or a destination in and of itself.

The mountainous and desert geography around the city make for great outdoor activities, but that’s not all there is to Tucson.

The following are some things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about taking a family RV trip to Tucson anytime soon.

Where To Stay

There are quite a few campgrounds in and around Tucson, and a good option if you want something your kids will enjoy is the Tucson/Lazydays KOA.

It features fruit trees, mini golf, bike rentals, a pool that’s open year-round and a pavilion.

There are grassy luxury sites, as well as Southwest patio sites complete with fireplaces, so it’s the perfect family-friendly home base for your Tucson vacation.


There are some museums in Tucson that everyone in the family will like including the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium.

Tucson is a good city for astronomy in general, and Flandrau is part of the University of Arizona Campus that has not only science and laser shows but also a range of science-related activities.

There’s also the Pima Air & Space Museum, the Children’s Museum Tucson, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Sabino Canyon

One of the best things about going to a desert location like Tucson are the many outdoor activities available. One, in particular, is Sabino Canyon.

Sabino Canyon features a tram ride, and it’s located in the Coronado National Forest. The Sabino Canyon Hiking trail features a 45-minute 3.8-mile tour of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Bear Canyon Trail includes a two-mile tour that goes to the head of Seven Fall.

Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway

If you’re a family of avid RVers or even if you’re just getting started, you can also take a drive along the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway. This is considered one of the most stunning drives in the area, and you go to the upper parts of Mount Lemmon and the Santa Catalina mountain range.

There are not only mountain but also canyon views, and the drive is about 60 miles round trip.

Finally, another good outdoor option for the family is Saguaro National Park. It’s more than 91,000 acres, and it includes two districts which are the Rincon Mountain District, and the Tucson Mountain District. There are hiking trails, namesake saguaro cacti, and quintessential southwestern landscapes and sceneries.

There are several hiking trails, as well as the Cactus Forest Scenic Loop Drive, which is paved and can be good if your family has strollers. You can also bike in the park, and kids younger than 15  can get in for free.

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