We are slowly easing into extending our time out dry camping. We went all week at the Escapade at the Pima County Fairgrounds dry camping with relative ease. After emptying the tanks, we decided to try our hand at a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) site just north of Tucson.
We arrived to our location just after noon on Saturday. We had read online about the area and were thankful to get the heads up about taking an alternate way into the area. Our gps wanted us to take a road called Silverbell Rd, but there is a small, narrow bridge with a weight limit of only 6,000lbs that way. If heading to the area, enter from El Tiro Rd onto N Pump Station Rd. The roads are dirt and bumpy, but if you go slow it is easily navigable.
Rainy season might make these areas difficult to traverse but it was completely dry for us and we ran into no issues. Daily temperatures ranged from the high 70’s to high 80’s in the day and low 50’s in the evenings.
There were other campers, but enough room to spread out and only see a glimpse of them off in the distance. Noise was not an issue as we never heard anything from any of our neighbors.
We felt very safe in the area and it gave us peace of mind to see the BLM rangers in and around the area. There are lots of prickly barbs on the ground and our dog, Abbey wound up with them sticking into her paws. We bought dog booties and that seemed to help significantly. Otherwise, here weren’t too many other creepy crawlies bothering us!
On our way to Phoenix, we stopped off at the Rooster Cogburn’s Ostrich Ranch. It is perfectly situated between Tucson and Phoenix and a great chance to stretch your legs. Kids and adults alike can have a great time petting and feeding deer, rabbits, ducks, goats, donkeys, lorikeets and even stingrays! Cost is $12 per person ($15 if you want to feed the stingray).
Until next week….
Russ & Kerry