If you are heading to Tucson, Arizona with the family, we recommend staying somewhere a little bit different. We recently stayed at the Tucson Lazydays KOA in a Deluxe Cabin and it was incredibly fun for our family. Here’s why:
This past Spring Break, we decided to go on a week-long road tip to hit as many National Parks & Sites as we could in New Mexico and Arizona. And we also decided that we wanted to stay in a few unconventional and different places along the way. We want this to be a real road trip, with motels and campgrounds, with less work and less to pack.
Recently, I had learned about KOAs (Kampgrounds of America) at the local RV show and discovered that they have adorable cabins at almost every campground – did you know that? So KOA was the first website I checked into while planning our trip. It was as if KOA knew all the locations we were going to hit, as they had sites in all our major stops. We found a few campgrounds that fit our destinations and I am excited to tell you about them.
Deluxe Cabins at the Tucson Lazydays KOA
Our first KOA stay was in the city of Tucson, AZ at the Tucson Lazydays KOA. I was really excited this was our first KOA experience, because there is nothing ‘lazy’ about this campground – unless you want to be the lazy one. The Tucson Lazydays is a beautiful campground, very clean with a variety of campsites and cabins. Though we didn’t arrive until close to sundown, the staff was very nice and took their time explaining the cabin and all the campground had to offer.
Deluxe Cabins at the Tucson Lazydays KOA: Location
The Tucson Lazydays is located pretty centrally located in what felt like the heart of the city. We had made a point to visit both the East and the West locations of the Saguaro National Park and felt like the campground was right in-between them. Most attractions were less than 10-15 minutes away as the campground is right off a major interstate.
But don’t let that detract you from staying here, as the campground is surrounded by a high wall that seems to block the outside world. Seriously, we were a little skeptical driving in as we were so close to major roadways, but we never heard any road noise when we were outside. Not one bit. It’s as if the campground was way outside the city, that is how quiet it was.
Deluxe Cabins at the Tucson Lazydays KOA: Hospitality
We were greatly warmly as we checked in and my kids were invited to check out the teens & recreation rooms while I got the cabin keys and info. The lobby also features a nice shopping area with basic groceries and camping gear. As we had arrived late and didn’t want to have to leave for dinner, we were invited to check out the Desert Oasis Bar & Grill for dinner. Located on site, the kids enjoyed cheeseburgers and I had a nice fresh salad and a glass of wine.
What I really loved was how friendly everyone was. We chatted with a few other diners and learned where everyone was from and what they were doing while in Tucson. And the next morning, on a walk, we ran into a family with a gorgeous German Shepherd puppy. We ended up having a lovely conversation for over half an hour. Now I realized we enjoy talking to strangers, but feel the relaxed atmosphere provided by the campground lends to everyone being genuinely friendly.
Deluxe Cabins at the Tucson Lazydays KOA: A Cabin Tour
Now this is the part that really blew us away: Our Deluxe Cabin was amazing. Now it helps that these cabins are fairly new, but they are adorable too. The adobe feel to the outside combined with the piney woods feel on the inside is very inviting. And what we loved the most? Getting to sleep in 2 bedrooms where everyone has their own bed.
Take a look at the quick video tour we taped:
See what I mean? Pretty nice, right?
The Living Area & Kitchen is nice and spacious with a refrigerator, stove, oven, and microwave. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes and a Keurig coffee maker & coffee pods.
My kids really enjoyed the bunk room as it comes with 4 bunk beds. Each bed had a plastic container with sheets and blankets. (I tasked the kids with making their own bed.) And all 3 said they had so much fun sleeping in their own bunk – “Like we are at camp mom!”
The master bedroom comes with a queen size bed, television, and built-in cabinet to put your suitcase on top of. I really liked all the touches, like the built-in bedside tables and individual reading lights above the bed.
I think the price is extremely reasonable for a family to stay in a full cabin such as this. While we were there, the room rate was $156. To have the full kitchen, separate bedrooms and full bath, I don’t think you can stay most places for a better rate.
That evening, we sat outside and just gazed up at the stars. For being in the middle of the city, we were very surprised at how dark the sky was, enabling us to see tons of stars. We laid in the hammock outside our cabin for a while just taking in the desert sounds and smells. Next door to us, a family had made a fire and was cooking s’mores. It was the closest to camping that we could get without being in an RV or tent and we loved it.
Deluxe Cabins at the Tucson Lazydays KOA: The Amenities
The Tucson Lazydays KOA is fairly large and meant for longer stays than just overnight like we were. It has 2 beautiful pools that were heated and evening swimming was encouraged. It also had a great playscape for kids, laundry facilities, and as I mentioned previously, a grill and game room.
Tucson Lazydays KOA has a full schedule of fun events planned such as Bingo, live music, and even breakfast buffets on weekend mornings. I could see how fun it would be to stay here for a full week! And with so much to do in Tucson, I am already planning to come back for a longer visit.
What We Liked About the Tucson Lazydays KOA:
- Deluxe Cabins
- Bedding & Towels are supplied
- Coffee maker & coffee pods are included
- Onsite Restaurant
- Beautiful Pool
- Friendly, helpful staff
- Pet friendly facility – $20 fee to stay in cabins
What You Need to Know About the Tucson Lazydays KOA:
- WiFi is free but we had a hard time staying online from where we were located in the campground.
- Most Attractions (Saguaro National Park, Pima Air & Space Museum, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum) are about 20 minutes away.
- If you arrive after 7pm, you can check in with the security guard and register in the morning.
We really enjoyed our stay at Tucson Lazydays KOA and fully recommend it as an ideal location to stay with family. The relaxed atmosphere really helped us slow down and focus on each other. I was kinda glad that the wifi didn’t work in our cabin, as we had a great conversation that night as we sat our side and looked at the stars. All of us really enjoyed feeling like we were a part of the big campground, even though we were in a really comfy cabin!
Not only was it a really fun place to stay overnight, but our time spent here gave us a greater appreciation for KOA and we can’t wait to check out even more KOAs across the US.
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Disclosure: My family & I were invited to stay at the Tucson Lazydays KOA in a deluxe cabin one night as their guest. I was not compensated for this article. All opinions are my own.