Thursday, April 28, 2022

Snowbird RV Adventure: Lazydays to Patagonia Lake

Days 12-20

Another private patio grass site at Lazydays.
November 24-28: After hanging out reading in the sunshine at the Ironwood Picnic Area, we checked back into the Tucson Lazydays KOA for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our RV oven is so small cooking even a turkey leg wasn't possible. We opted to grill steak on our BBQ with baked potatoes and all the trimmings, then eat outside at our picnic table.

Being together is what's important. Wayne and I are so thankful to be able to enjoy life together.

November 29 - December 3: The week after Thanksgiving we drove 75 miles south to Patagonia Lake State Park. This is our favourite Arizona State Park, so we come here more than once during each annual Snowbird Adventure. 

There are several ways to get here from Tucson. We like Interstate 19 to the Ruby Road exit and across to Highway 82. We've gone through Nogales, but traffic can be challenging.

Patagonia Lake is popular for boating, birding and camping. Sites fill up fast, especially on weekends from October to June. There are 105 campsites with picnic tables, fire rings or grills, electric and water hookups, and a free dump station. There are also 12 boat-in only spots. You can make reservations online a year in advance.

We like the east campground best. This time we were in Site #17. It's two-tiered with parking on the upper level and the table and fire ring below near the lake shore.

Site #17 with our Sunseeker above and a large area below.

Patagonia Lake attracts a wide variety of birds. There are two major bird watching areas. The easiest to reach is the bird watching trail at the east end of the campground. There's even a viewing area with seating and feeders to attract birds. The other is the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area at the entrance to the park. 

Bird viewing area, Great-tailed Grackle and doves.

The highlight of Patagonia is the lake itself. It attracts birds, wildlife and humans alike.

In an arid locale, Patagonia Lake is an oasis.

With a large body of water, Patagonia lake attracts boaters. The west side allows some high speed operations, but the east side is limited to protect bird nesting areas.

Reflections at the Patagonia Marina.

The park has a boat launch, marina and store to serve boaters and campers. You can rent pontoon boats by the hour or day to enjoy some of the boat-in only areas and campsites.

Now you can see why Patagonia Lake State Park is our favourite Southern Arizona RV camping destination. Do you have any favourites to share? -- Wayne and Margy


  1. A very pretty lake. I really like that last photo, with the sky reflected off the water!

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    1. We love the lake environment in a dry desert expanse. - Margy

  3. Pretty water Reflections, Margy. My cousin is snowbirding in Arizona again this year, near Phoenix. Our daughter and granddaughter also come in the summer at a resort just north of town. They sold their condo but rent now. We have snowbirds come to the Houston area also.
    Thank you for peeking in on my blog and seeing the weird Santa at one of our WalMarts.

    1. We want to come to Texas for the solar eclipse in 2024. Wayne has seen two but I've never been that lucky. - Margy

  4. Looks like a great camping spot! I confess I'd prefer spots with trees and water better than open sand and sun. :)

  5. Lovely lake. I thought "oasis" before I even read that far.

  6. Wow, beautiful views of Patagonia Lake! Sorry, your oven was not big enough for a turkey. Now being further away from my adult kids I did the turkey meal after 7 years:):) Am beginning used to the pottery wheel, the reason why I gave up doing the meme/challenge All Seasons. Am thinking about maybe starting with a new one the upcoming year. Have a great December!

    1. Even if we had been in the city condo I probably wouldn't have cooked a turkey. The two of us could never eat a whole one and I like white meat and Wayne likes a leg. - Margy

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    1. Is sure is, we love coming here several times during our winter travels. And the Blue Bunny ice cream cones are a huge draw for us. - Margy

  8. I love the photos of the lake and I also love the name.

  9. Margy - love that reflection shot! I am also greatly admiring your hand-drawn maps. Outstanding! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

    1. Every afternoon the golden sunlight on the hills made the water picture perfect. - Margy


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