Tucson’s Hidden Gem for RV Camping
Located less than 50 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona on Interstate 10, the small town of Benson has plenty of attractions and spectacular year-round weather. One of its main highlights is Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory.
Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory
Though RVers truly appreciate the 178-site facility, all visitors and locals alike are drawn to the university quality observatory. With a 3,600-foot elevation, Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory offers a memorable viewing experience of the celestial bodies.
Those wanting to watch one of the observatory’s free star shows can sign up at the resort’s front office. For those not staying at the resort, there is a nominal $2 fee. The nightly Telescope Viewing Show can accommodate up to 18 visitors. Resident astronomers entertain guests with their knowledge and humor, which make for an enjoyable viewing experience. Though the observatory is temporarily closed, it will be reopening with some modifications on odd days beginning August 9, 2021.
For those staying in an RV, Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory offers plenty of amenities. The pet-friendly facility offers large pull-through sites and full hookups along with Wi-Fi, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a camp store, and clubhouse. Other features of the resort include mini-golf, a fitness center, biking, recreation trails, a dump station, outdoor courts, and a nearby golf course.
“I think this is the nicest park we have stayed at to date. Office was very friendly and helpful. Paved pull through site and the patio area was nice gravel. No DUST! 3 pet areas and many amenities. Even during off season, they let you visit their private observatory that has a Univ. Grade scope. Unfortunately since it was full moon and moving into summer, there were less things to see. Great location to go to the Caverns, Tombstone and Bisbee. We camped at Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory in a Motorhome.” – MElkers on RV LIFE Campgrounds
Other things to do in Benson
For a small town that was founded in 1880, Benson, Arizona offers plenty to see and do. Tapping into its rich history, visitors can take in the culture of the Old West and explore the area’s railroad heritage. Consider a visit to the following as well.
San Pedro Golf Course
Less than two miles from Butterfield RV Resort is the area’s top course, San Pedro Golf Course. Featuring six different sets of tees and 7,313 yards, this magnificent 18-hole track is popular year-round and playable for all talent levels. Owned by the City of Benson, the par 72 course first opened in 2003.
One of the strangest attractions you’ll probably ever encounter when in Benson is The Thing. Dubbed a museum, it’s probably worth a stop if you’re driving by.
Forever Home Donkey Rescue
All donkeys have a home here, and visitors can call for a private tour of this sanctuary for misfit donkeys of all kinds. For more information, visit their website ForeverHomeDonkey.com.
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Discovered in 1974, Kartchner Caverns are a massive limestone cave in Benson. The cave’s existence became public knowledge in 1988 when its purchase was approved as an Arizona State Park.
These incredible caves are located within Kartchner Caverns State Park. Extraordinary precautions were taken during its development to conserve the cave’s near-pristine condition. Visitors can tour the caves by calling ahead.
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Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.