Tucson Mountain Park

Desert image of Tucson Mountain Park

Did you know that Tucson Mountain Park (TMP) has over 60 miles of amazing outdoor trails to explore? Well, it absolutely does, and it’s not just for hikers. Sure, no matter what, there’s going to be a little hiking. However, it’s also great for dirt biking, horseback riding, and photography! Located on the West side near Saguaro National Park, this wilderness experience has something for everyone.


Outside of beautiful wildlife, you will find ancient petroglyphs and natural wonders to view. With almost 92,000 acres of multi-use trails provide plenty of options for every level of outdoor enthusiast.

Image of a woman with her back to the camera overlooking Tucson Mountain ParkCamaro Loop Trail is an easy trail for beginners. It only takes around 45 minutes to complete and is the feature trail for the Robles Trail Network. A moderate trail and one of the most popular is Brown Mountain Trail.  Accessible via the Brown Picnic area, this is one of the most scenic trails in Tucson Mountain Park. Clocking in at around 2 hours, remember to bring plenty of water! If you’re hardcore and looking for a challenge, we recommend Bushmaster Peak Loop. The trail is hard to find at times and takes 2.5 hours to complete; this trail is not for the casual hiker.


image of a blue tent and red car in front of Tucson Mountain ParkIf you’re looking to go camping, Gilbert Ray Park is the place for you. This is a multipurpose campground hosting tents, trailers, and RVs. There are five tent-only designated sites, so make sure you’re specific when you make reservations. Reservations must be made 72 hours in advance; there is also a 7-day stay limit. Keep this in mind when making your plans.

If you’re an RV traveler, don’t worry. The campground has over 130 RV spaces with individual 30-amp electric hookups.

Fun Facts

  • Tucson Mountain Park is the largest locally owned natural resource in the nation.
  • There is a higher concentration of the majestic saguaros located in TMP than in other areas of Tucson.
  • Gates Pass has over 20,00 acres and is one of the best places to catch a Tucson sunset.
  • Camaro Loop got its name after a rusty Camaro was abandoned in the area.

Tucson Mountain Park Rules

  • Stop Sign, Law sign, Regulation signTucson Mountain Park is open from dawn to dusk.
  • No alcohol in the park.
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • No motor vehicles off-road.
  • It is illegal to remove or disturb any natural or cultural resources.
  • Do not feed wildlife.
  • No dogs in Tucson Mountain Park.
  • No loitering at trailheads or in other areas.
  • Trailheads are for park access only.
  • No Geocaching.

If you’re looking for more fun camping spots, check out our list HERE. And for other fun outdoor things to do we have you covered with our 5 Star referral network HERE.

Have a blast, Tony Ray