Colossal Cave Mountain Park Campground
Another campground with a beautiful setting on the southeastern edge of Tucson, Colossal Cave Mountain Park is a little different than some other campgrounds. The main park gate is locked each night, so no entrance or exit is allowed after certain hours. This park is well positioned, just 11 miles south of Saguaro National Park (East), on Old Spanish Trail. The campground has 30 sites and is primarily geared toward tent camping but can accommodate a limited number of RVs. This is a primitive campground with no electrical sites and limited restrooms and water. Campsites have tables and barbecue grills. Pets are welcome.
Picacho Peak State Park Campground
40 miles northwest of Tucson on Interstate 10, Picacho Peak is hard to miss. Standing much higher than anything in the surrounding area, the angular peak is particularly eye-catching from a distance. The campground at the base of the peak is a lovely retreat in the desert, close to interesting hiking trails and set among saguaros and other vegetation of the Sonoran Desert. The 100 campsites are a mix of reservable and first-come, first-served sites. Facilities include restrooms, showers, electrical sites, and a dump station.