On your way to Convention?
As you near Tucson, stop and see...
Whether coming from the north, south, east or west, there are plenty of sights to see on your way to the Old Pueblo!
1. Painted Rock Petroglyph Site
and Campground • Gila Bend, AZ
About 800 ancient petroglyphs can easily be seen at this site, about 11 miles north of I-8, that is operated and maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. Overnight camping is allowed at the adjacent Painted Rock Petroglyph Campground, which has picnic tables, grills, steel fire rings and a vault toilet, but no potable water. There is as an informative walking trail showcasing the petroglyphs.
2. Las Cruces, New Mexico
Las Cruces makes a perfect base for day trips to White Sands National Monument and the White Sands Missile Range. In town there is a Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum as well as the historic downtown plaza of Old Mesilla. Be sure to stop west of town on I-10 at the first rest area and see the giant roadrunner made out of recycled trash. It is about 20 feet tall and 40 feet long!
3. Arizona Wine Country
Most people do not associate wine with Arizona, but those coming to Tucson from the north or east will pass through Arizona’s two major wine-making sites. If coming down I-17 from the north, the Camp Verde/Cottonwood area has numerous wineries and tasting rooms. Those arriving from the east via I-10 will find great wineries to visit just off the freeway near Willcox. All of these towns listed have campgrounds, so you can try Arizona’s wines.
4. Amerind Museum
Talk about a hidden gem! This amazing museum and art gallery is just off I-10 between Benson and Willcox, Arizona. Take Dragoon Road exit #318, head south until you see mile marker 1 on the right and the Amerind entrance on the left. In 1931, William Fulton built a home amid the boulder formations of Texas Canyon and soon started excavating archaeological sites on his ranch property. What began as an avocation grew rapidly into one of the finest private museum collections of ethnographic and archaeological materials in North America. Amerind Museum exhibitions tell the story of America’s first peoples from Alaska to South America and from the last Ice Age to the present. The Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery features works on western themes by such artists as Carl Oscar Borg, William Leigh, Frederic Remington, and Andy Tsihnahjinnie, and one room in the Art Gallery is reserved for the presentation of contemporary Native American art. A secluded picnic area offers a quiet retreat among the massive granite boulders of Texas Canyon.
Arriving before October 31?
Here are just two of many area campgrounds
Gilbert Ray Campground
8451 West McCain Loop Road
Tucson, AZ 85735
Tucson Mountain Park’s beautiful Gilbert Ray Campground has 130 RV sites with 30-amp electrical hook-ups. It has centrally located water, picnic tables, modern restrooms, and an RV dumping station. Shower facilities are not available. Reservations are NOT accepted. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is a seven-day length of stay limit. Camping fees are $20/night for trailers and RVs.
Catalina State Park
11570 N. Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 85737
More than 150 species of birds call this park home. The park provides miles of equestrian, birding, hiking, and biking trails. Camping is available in 120 electric/water sites. Each site has a picnic table and BBQ grill. Roads and parking slips are paved and there are modern flush restrooms with hot showers. RV dump stations are available in the park. Camping is $30/night. Make reservations at azstateparks.com.
Registration is NOW OPEN!
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Click on Events link at the top of the page or click here for General Information about the 2019 RVW Convention
October 31 to November 10 2019
You can arrive as early as October 31
Tours start November 2
Opening Ceremony Tuesday, November 5
Whether newbie or veteran, there’s fun for all!