Saturday, April 30, 2022

Hanging Out in Ironwood Picnic Area in Tucson Mountain Park

Day 11

November 24: Checkout time from Gilbert Ray Campground is 11:00 am. We needed to wait until 2:00 pm to check back into the Lazydays KOA only 30 minutes away. 

We decided to wait at the Ironwood Picnic Area before we left Tucson Mountain Park.

We turned right on Hal Gras Road to enter the picnic area. We stopped at the second turnout with a private ramada covered picnic table. 

The area was immaculate and inviting with it's natural desert terrain and plants. With a grill, trash can and a restroom down the road it was a great spot for a family picnic.

A private site at Ironwood Picnic Area in Tucson Mountain Park.

We didn't have a picnic, but we enjoyed sitting in the sunshine to read and absorb the quiet atmosphere. Like Gilbert Ray, a Cactus Wren came by to check us out.

A Cactus Wren visits us at Ironwood Picnic Area.

While Wayne read, I took a short trail into the desert. It was a nice way to see nature up close and enjoy our wait-time in a pleasant way. An added bonus, if you are an astronomy buff the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association sponsors free dark sky star parties here. -- Margy


  1. Looks like you had the place to yourselves! Can't argue the peacefulness of that.

  2. how wonderful to keep travelling from place to place in your own home. :) Always having new areas to explore. :)

  3. Margy - Sorry for the delay in commenting - I had to make an emergency visit to Ohio to visit my brother in the hospital.

    This looks like a fab place to kill a little time, and all the more for the visit from the cactus wren! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  4. Love the way you waited -- so much better than being impatient and counting the minutes until you could move in. Wayne looks so comfortable and that's a fabulous picnic area...(or non-picnic). Love it.

  5. Sounds like so much fun travelling from place to place in your own home!

    I'd love to experience that someday!


Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy