Campground Review: Rincon Country West RV Park, Tucson, AZ
Campground Review Summary
Name: Rincon Country West RV Resort
Dates of stay: Nov 17, 2020 – Mar 17, 2021
Location: 4555 S. Mission Rd, Tucson AZ 85746
Type of campground: Private / Independent / 55 plus
Cost: $34/night (seasonal)
Additional fees: electricity, high speed internet
Stay limit: none
Accepts mail / packages: yes
Cell reception: ATT good
Pros: Great amenities and location, nice people
Cons: sites can be tight and difficult to maneuver
This RV park is typical of 55 plus adult seasonal communities — a large park (more than 1000 sites) with a mix of permanent park models and RV sites. We picked this park for its amenities and location.
And the amenities are almost to numerous to list. There are the usual outdoor pickleball courts, shuffleboard, basketball court, bocce ball, horse shoes, tennis, a large pool and two hot tubs. There is an extensive recreation complex with hobby rooms (woodworking, sewing, lapidary, stained glass, ceramics/pottery, ham radio, billiards, card rooms), a library, rec hall and large auditorium. There are are two exercise rooms. There are several pet play areas. There is even an onsite beauty salon!
In normal years, the staffed activity office plans a plethora of concerts, activities and mixers as well as help to coordinate the 100 plus clubs and hobby groups. But …. COVID. This year just about everything was cancelled and the indoor facilities closed. It was very sad, because the facilities are absolutely beautiful. Fortunately the laundry and bath house facilities remained open. (The clean, modern bath houses include individual bathroom units with toilet, sink and shower.) A few organized activities, such as frequent food trucks and a weekly Farmer’s Market, were still available.
The only complaint I have about the place is the site layout. It’s understandable that sites are created with park models in mind, rather than RV units, but it makes navigating into the site quite a challenge for a big rig. The layout is different than anyplace else I’ve seen, with a concrete patio placed in the middle of your site. You have a narrow slice on one side to park your rig and a narrow slice on the other side to park your toad. There are palm trees, light poles and sewer outlet obstacles. When the park is full, you are really boxed in! Smaller rigs didn’t have a problem, but it felt really tight for us. Since we plan to return next year, we identified and reserved a site that will be much easier to maneuver into.
Otherwise, our site worked just fine. It was reasonably level, hard-packed gravel. We had the usual full hookups (50 amp electric) and a robust cable TV package provided. The free wifi was essentially useless, so we opted to subscribe to a local high speed internet provider through the park phone line system. I got pretty spoiled having high speed internet for a change! Our ATT signal was fine, being in a large-ish city.
Getting mail and packages was very convenient here. The onsite mail room provides all seasonal residents with a personal mailbox and accepts USPS packages. Other shippers (Amazon, UPS, FedEx) deliver directly to your site!
The RV park is located right next to the Loop, a 100 plus mile paved bicycle trail that is known as one of the best recreational trails in the country. Mountain bike trails are accessible just across the road. Tucson is a moderate size city with lots of activities and amenities. Shopping of all kinds is nearby. It’s an awesome location that draws an active crowd due to its proximity to the trails.
Our RV site averaged about $34/night over 4 months. Electricity was extra (metered) and we opted for the luxury of high speed internet. When you added that in, our cost ran about $40/night. It was definitely more expensive than last winter season’s Florida stay (which included electricity and high speed internet). But, we really like this area and the folks here, so it is entirely worth it. In fact, we may winter here for the rest of our RV life.
Bottom Line: Great park, awesome people, and it will only get better when COVID restrictions are lifted. We’ll return in November!