Many folks in Tucson don't consider a day trip or overnight road trip to Patagonia and Patagonia Lake State Park because they think it's too far. In early April 2013 I left downtown at 8:30 AM and was strolling along the lake at 9:45 AM. Should you wish, you can rent a boat and be on the lake in about an hour and a half. Stay the night or two in a tent, RV or camping cabin.
Watch this slideshow, and hover over a slide for captions to get a feel for the area. This is probably the best State Park Camping around. Also the coziest.
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