I read about Diamond J RV Park on Lisa's (Metamorphosis Road) campground review and am excited about the location. On the east side of Tucson, off Ajo Way, this little park is close to Saquaro National Park, Old Tucson, and the Desert Museum. Even better, it's on the way to Ajo which will be a new destination for us next week.
Although much of the road is rough, and there is a surprising amount of traffic on the way, we love the park! After the busy-ness of Q and Tempe it is sweet to be back in a natural place with amazing views.
|Large pull-through #16 - some road noise but large site|
We're back here on the 14th for one night, but I'd love to return for a longer stay in the near future!
|A glimpse of sunset|
|Great neighbors at this stop|
Thursday morning is picture-perfect and we're all in their F-150 by 9:30 for a day of auto-hiking. We don't return until 5:00!
What a great day of exploring this beautiful area - to Patagonia Lake and Parker Lake and Montezuma Pass. This is an Arizona we've never seen before - one we quickly fall in love with!
Patagonia Lake has a nice campground - fairly level sites with electric and water, nice shade trees, a small market, dump station, boat launch, and rentals of kayaks, fishing boats and small pontoon boats. Donnie fishes here all summer. Bill will definitely be back :-)
|Patagonia Lake, AZ|
The drive to Parker Canyon Lake goes through incredible country - junipers, manzanita, cottonwood, pines. We pass a few boondocking spots, but the dirt road is very rough and washboard most of the way. There is a nice trail around the 130-acre lake, a small concession stand (closed off season), paddle boats, restrooms, swimming and fishing. Another beautiful spot in the desert.
|45 years of friendship|
|Anna, Donnie, Bill|
Making a large loop, we make our way back over Montezuma Pass. Sometimes we are very close to Mexico, the new border wall visible for miles in both directions. As we climb, the terrain adds large, colorful boulders and pencil-cholla to the already diverse views.
|Tessa shares "her" window with Anna|
The vistas in both directions from Montezuma Pass are expansive - and "wow".
In other news, Ezra is still the very most cutest grandson!
Next up - Bisbee, AZ!