Patagonia Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide

Arizona

Located near Patagonia and Nogales, Arizona, this state park features a 250-acre lake that is a popular spot for camping, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. The lake was created by the damming of Sonoita Creek, and it is a habitat for bluegill, green sunfish, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and rainbow trout. There are several special events throughout the year, including bird tours and the annual mariachi festival. 

Regardless of when you visit, you can enjoy relatively mild temperatures. The area averages between the mid-40s and low 80s during the spring and fall, the mid-30s and mid-60s during the winter, and the mid-60s and high 90s during the summer. Whether you want to take part in fun events or enjoy the great outdoors while catching some fish, you will want to head over to Patagonia Lake State Park.

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Weather
Spring 45-85 F
Summer 65-99 F
Fall 45-85 F
Winter 35-65 F
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Nearby Cities
Tucson, AZ
Bisbee, AZ
Tombstone, AZ
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Patagonia Lake State Park

Patagonia Lake State Park offers plenty of camping opportunities near the recreational area. You can find everything from full-service RV resorts to primitive campsites. These campgrounds are a great way to enjoy the beauty of Patagonia, and after a busy day, you can retreat to the relaxing atmosphere under the Arizona stars.

One way to explore the desert landscape is to rent an RV from RVshare. From large motorhomes to campervans, you can find a large selection of RVs to fit your budget. With RVshare, all rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and support that you can trust.

Patagonia Lake State Park

If you are traveling to Patagonia Lake State Park, you'll find that they also offer a large campground. Many people want to stay and play in the park, and this campground is a perfect way to set up for a night in Patagonia. There are even a few campsites that can only be reached by boat.

Water hookup: Yes

Electrical hookup: Yes

Sewer hookup: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Pet-friendly: Yes

Other amenities: Bathrooms, laundry facility, cell reception, and boat rentals

Tombstone RV Park & Campground

If you want to visit a historic town, then you should think about staying at the Tombstone RV Park & Campground. This park is only 30 minutes from Patagonia Lake State Park. While it is not that large in space, the park does offer great amenities.

Water hookup: Yes

Electrical hookup: Yes

Sewer hookup: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Pet-friendly: Yes

Other amenities: Laundry and shower facilities, children's playground, and shuttle to Tombstone

Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory

Located in the town of Benson, Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory is a unique place. The family-owned park is a great place to see the stars, and all guests can use the observatory on the premises. This spot is one of the largest RV parks in the Benson area, and you can even hit a few golf balls on the putting green.

Water hookup: Yes

Electrical hookup: Yes

Sewer hookup: Yes

Pet-friendly: Yes

Other amenities: Observatory, clubhouse

CT RV Resort

CT RV Resort is near many popular landmarks, such as Mica Mountain and Saguaro National Park. You can enjoy the large RV pads with plenty of space throughout the park. The Jackrabbit Gulch is located in the resort area, and there is also a large event venue on the property. When you stay longer, the rates will be lower.

Water hookup: Yes

Electrical hookup: Yes

Sewer hookup: Yes

Pet-friendly: Yes

Other amenities: Full hookups, putting green, and swimming pool

RV Rentals Near Patagonia Lake State Park

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Restaurants

What to Do at
Patagonia Lake State Park

Inside Patagonia Lake State Park

Visitors love to kick back and enjoy the natural wonders of this state park. Patagonia Lake State Park is a great place for camping, water skiing, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. You can even find the old tracks that once belonged to the Arizona/New Mexico railroad line in the lake or see its remnants at the Nature Conservancy.

Outside Patagonia Lake State Park

If you are ready to explore the area outside of Patagonia Lake State Park, there are plenty of things to see and do. You can enjoy the local cuisine, pick up a unique souvenir, or just take in the breathtaking beauty of the desert landscape.

Restaurants

White Horse Restaurant

The White Horse Restaurant is part of the Stage Stop Inn. You can enjoy the restaurant as a guest or a visitor to the hotel. The menu features breakfast, lunch, and dinner dining options. You can even find a wide selection of craft beers and local wines.

Type: American

Location: Patagonia, AZ

Velvet Elvis Pizza Company

Velvet Elvis Pizza Company features healthy dining choices with organic salads, vegetarian soups, and juice bar drinks. As the name suggests, you can also get a delicious slice of pizza. All of the food is prepared in house, and it is a great way to eat some homemade and healthy food in the area.

Type: American

Location: Patagonia, AZ

Wagon Wheel Saloon

If you want to grab some late-night snacks and bites, you will want to visit the Wagon Wheel Saloon. You can get favorite appetizers like beer-battered onion rings and chicken wings. There are other choices to fill your stomach, including burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches. The Wagon Wheel Saloon even offers a children's menu for little diners.

Type: American

Location: Patagonia, AZ

Gathering Grounds

Gathering Grounds is the perfect spot for espresso, sandwiches, and ice cream in the Patagonia area. The menu features homemade soups, fresh baked goods, and organic options. In addition to that, there are plenty of gluten-free and vegan options.

Type: American

Location: Patagonia, AZ

Ragazzi North Italian Cuisine

For a taste of Northern Italy, you will want to visit Ragazzi. Guests can choose from a variety of dishes with fresh sauces, seafood, and homemade bread. If you want to complete the meal, make sure to enjoy some Italian, domestic, or international wines. All dishes are made with the freshest ingredients, and you will not want to miss a chance to taste some excellent Italian fare in the area.

Type: Italian

Location: Patagonia, AZ

Shopping

Patagonia Market

The Patagonia Market is a locally owned and operated store that offers convenient shopping seven days a week. In addition to staples like bread, canned goods, and cleaning supplies, you can enjoy homemade tortillas, frozen food, and fresh produce. There is also a variety of wine and beer, including a selection from local wineries.

Location: Patagonia, AZ

Red Mountain Foods

If you are looking for organic foods and products, then you will want to visit Red Mountain Foods. This store has been serving the community since 1981, and it is the go-to source for organic produce. Red Mountain also offers organic dairy products, fish, meat, dried nuts and fruits, pantry staples, and household goods. You can even find plenty of natural body care products.

Location: Patagonia, AZ

Sonoita Mercantile

For those looking for a little bit of everything, you will want to make a stop at the Sonoita Mercantile. This general store gives you the chance to stock up for your trip. While you are there, you will want to sample the deli sandwiches or the famous fried chicken.

Location: Sonoita, AZ

Sightseeing

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

Located on 5,000 acres of protected space, the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area is a great way to reconnect to nature. This park was established in 1994, and you can find plenty of primitive campgrounds and hiking trails throughout the park. There is even a visitor center to help guests learn about the local area, including the majestic Santa Rita Mountains.

Location: Nogales, AZ

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns State Park is the home of an unknown cave. For many years, the location of the caverns was a secret. Today, you can explore over 2.4 miles of passages. The state park offers tours throughout the day, and you can see the famous Big Room and Throne Room.

Location: Benson, AZ

Tombstone Courthouse State Park

If you want to take a trip back into history, then you should visit the historic town of Tombstone and the Courthouse State Park. This town was the home of the infamous showdown at the O.K. Corral. You can see the historic courthouse that was once the center of Tombstone.

Location: Tombstone, AZ

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How to Get to
Patagonia Lake State Park

Patagonia is near Tucson, which is about 73 miles away. You will want to take I-10E and travel to Exit 285 for AZ-83 S. Make sure to follow it for 25 miles. Once you have reached Lake Patagonia Road, you will need to turn right. The road will lead you directly into town.

Entering Patagonia Lake State Park

Patagonia Lake State Park offers varying hours throughout the year. From November to March, the park is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. From April to October, the park is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Per Vehicle : $15

1-4 people

Per Individual/Bicycle : $3

Patagonia Lake State Park is a wonderful place to kick back and relax in Arizona. You can set out and explore the desert when you use an RV rental from RVshare. These rentals will give you a chance to vacation on your own terms. 

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