March 2014 Tubac/ Armado, AZ Schedule




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March 9-14, 2014

De Anza RV Resort 888-398-8628

Rally Masters: Bev and Bill Eckel 

Co-Rally Masters: Karen and Bill Appleby

Contact: ( 505-833-1569


Make Reservations Directly with the Resort (1-888-398-8628)

Some last minute reservation may still be made

Also please notify Bev and Bill Eckel




South on Interstate 19 to Arivaca Road (Exit 48); Turn east to frontage road; Turn right at 1st stop sign and go (south) on Frontage Road for 2 miles; Entrance and Sign on the left

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 rontage Road for 2 miles; Entrance and Sign on right


The combination of low deserts, high plains, and even higher mountains has given the region south of Tucson around Tubac/Amado a fascinating diversity!  Giant Saguaros cover the slopes in Southern Arizona.  In the cool mountains cacti give way to pines.   Narrow canyons provide habitats for hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife.


The Cuatro group is planning a rally at De Anza RV Resort in Amado, AZ from March 9th to the 14th; please note the extension by one day of the rally. When doing research we discovered so many interesting things to see and do in the area we asked our Wagon Master Becky if we could extend the rally by one day.  She agreed it would be a great idea!


First is the wonderful De Anza RV Resort!  If you have not already done so, please check out their web site ( looks like a beautiful spot with nice, level sites and gorgeous sunsets!  They have a Salt Water, covered swimming pool (no chlorine!) which will be available to us.  They also have a large “Rally Room” for our potluck dinner. 


The Resort is hosting a “complimentary” Margarita Party for us on the evening of Sunday, March 9th at approximately 7:00pm.  It will be a great way to wind down after driving all day.


Monday – A trip to the Pima Air and Space Museum and the “Boneyard”.  Admission is $12.75 for seniors and $12.50 per person for groups.  It is located just south of Davis Monathan Air Force Base. On display are more than 250 aircraft.  The Air Force Base also offers tours of the Boneyard where thousands of military planes are mothballed. Tours are just under one hour and cost $6.00 for adults.


Tuesday – will be a trip to Tubac, AZ .  The town’s old buildings house more than 80 shops selling fine arts, crafts, unusual gifts and lots of souvenirs, making Tubac one of southern Arizona’s most popular destinations.  Lunch out on your own.


Wednesday – will be a trip to the Smithsonian Institution Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory located at Mount Hopkins.  Unfortunately the road to the actual Observatory is closed until March 17 due to winter road conditions.  However, the Visitors Center should be very interesting with a video about the Observatory and several exhibits.  There are picnic areas outside of the Visitors Center and near the entrance to the Observatory grounds.  A Nature Trail is located near the entrance.  Bring a picnic lunch because there are no food vendors available.


 Wednesday evening we will gather for a potluck dinner in the “Rally Room”. 


Thursday – we have planned a trip to the Tubac Presidio State Historical Park and Tumacacori National Historical Park.  Park exhibits focus on the Spanish soldiers, Native Americans, religion, and contemporary Hispanic culture in Southern Arizona. Also on the grounds are the old Tubac School built in 1855 and the oldest schoolhouse in the state.  Admission for each historical park is $3.00 for adults.


Thursday evening, we are also planning an evening dinner out at the Cow Palace in Amado (  It has hosted celebrities the likes of John Wayne and several movies have been filmed there.


Friday – Farewells and departures.


In addition to these outings you can also take a trip to Nogales, AZ/Nogales, Mexico for shopping and a stop at the Arizona Winery along the way. If you are planning to visit Mexico it is recommended you park your car on the US side of the border and walk across.  You will need some form of government issued ID.


Other attractions in the area include the Tubac Golf Resort which we are told is a very nice golf course.  You will need to make your own reservations.  If you are a birder, there is the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve which is owned by the Nature Conservancy.  It boasts more than 300 species of birds spotted there!  Also Madera Canyon is a great place for bird watching.  Another interesting trip may be to Tohono Chul.  It provides an excellent introduction to the plant and animal life of the desert.  It is a “fer piece” from the RV resort though.  We also have it on good authority the Wisdom Café is an excellent stop for lunch.  Look for the giant chicken out front! Roger Minner has agreed to lead an off-road excursion for those who are interested.


If you are interested in saving money on admissions, etc. the Tucson Attractions Passport is a great deal!  It is available online at for $15.00 or at the downtown Visitors Center at 100 South Church St.  It includes many “two for one” admissions.


After our rally, on March 15th and 16th, Picacho Peak State Park is hosting a Civil War Reenactment.  Picacho Peak State Park campground is full, but hopefully Picacho RV Resort will have sites available.  They only take reservations for long term stays.


Hope to see you in Tubac!

Bev and Bill Eckel and Bill and Karen Appleby