Whether you like rocking the outdoors or you need a bit of extra comfort to enjoy the atmosphere, there’s an option for you. Arizona has plenty of beautiful campsites, and some are better for the so-called “glamping” near Tucson. If you don’t want to sleep under the stars, you can take advantage of some more comfort-first options, like the cabins and campsite below!
Rose Canyon Lake (Mt. Lemmon)
Coronado National Forest, Mt Lemmon, AZ 85619
This six-acre lake is a beautiful trout fishing destination that also serves as a campground with 43 first-come sites and accessible parking. For only $26, you and five other people can tuck yourselves away in a camp unit that offers potable water and restrooms nearby. You don’t have to go “roughin’ it” to enjoy nature at this lovely locale! Even a day visit up to the lake only costs $10 for a single vehicle of six people to park — or you can pay $60 to get an annual parking pass for the lake if you plan to make many day trips in the coming year!
Palisades Ranger Residence Cabin
Coronado National Forest, E Organization Ridge Rd, Tucson, AZ 85750
Coming fully equipped to house up to four people, this spot features a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and even a kitchen to make you feel at home. The bedroom’s bunk bed and the living room’s queen-sized futon are proven to be comfortable, but you will need to bring your own bedding and other essentials like dish soap, towels, and toilet paper. This trade-off gives that frontier feeling without forcing you into the wilds, tent, and all. If you’re looking to live in a bit of quiet, nature-filled isolation, this cabin is perfect for you and a couple of friends for only $125 a night!
Creekside Madera Canyon Cabin
Madera Canyon, Green Valley, AZ 85614
This romantic getaway proves a great destination for couples wanting to get more out of nature. From the trailheads and alone time to the available Wi-Fi, kitchen, and entertainment amenities, this cabin covers all the bases — even for couples who differ on their opinions about the great outdoors. This property also requires a 6-night minimum stay, so having everything at your fingertips can be a great thing. This pet-friendly (cats and dogs only) and secure lodging in Madera Canyon has great views and starts at $115 a night, depending on when you book your romantic getaway trip!
Dead Horse Ranch Cabins
675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Dead Horse Ranch State Park sits on the Verde River near Sedona. As a longer trip from Tucson than the rest, we included this last — but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad choice. On the contrary, the eight single-room cabins on this campground are ideal for taking off a few work days and sitting amidst the trees. With heating, cooling, and electricity provided, this is a fantastic place for a feel of the frontier without the fuss of outdoor living. There’s also a shared barbecue ramada and family-style shower facilities — the perfect mix of “camping” and “glamping” near Tucson. Cabin fees start at $60 a night, plus a $5 reservation fee, and you can make your plans even a year in advance, making this a premier stop for anyone who likes to plan ahead for their nature stays.
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