Address: 8701 S Kolb Rd, Tucson, 85756, AZ
Phone: (800) 424-9191
# of sites: 331
Full hookup price: From $53/day
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Warnings: Very popular Encore property
Whether you are scooting across Arizona to visit Texas or California, needing to escape from winter in the colder northern states or you simply like Southern Arizona, you may find yourself looking at Tucson for a stay. Voyager RV Resort is arguably the best-rated RV park in the region. The property has several sections, including an upscale manufactured home neighborhood for full-time residents, seasonal residential areas for both RV's and park models and short-term RV sections.
When not experiencing a pandemic, Voyager RV Resort has probably the best set of amenities found anywhere in the state, even including a full-service restaurant and a golf course, and offers more activities than one can count. These amenities are numerous, including a swimming pool and spa, fitness center, game room with billiards, clubhouse, and a dog park, as well as courts for pickleball, bocce ball, volleyball and tennis.
It would take a couple of pages to list all of the activities normally offered, but suffice it to say that several kinds of dancing and dance classes are available, as are cards, bingo, live entertainment, crafts and ceramics, and a variety of potlucks.
Relatively in town, shopping and restaurants aren't very far away, and even the Phoenix metro area is less than a two-hour drive from Tucson. Scenery is also abundant, with two Saguaro National Park sections, Mount Lemmon and the Catalina Mountain Range all just a day trip from the park. If you drive a bit farther, you can access the Organ Pipe National Monument and Picacho Peak State Park, a unique peak (actually two peaks that make an optical illusion) that is also the site of second westernmost battle of the American Civil War.
The Voyager RV resort is itself clean and well-maintained and the staff is friendly and helpful. The sites are long, if not wide, and each one has a cement pad with a small picnic table. They also allowed us to have a dog fence, something many Encore parks restrict. An additional bonus is one of the special aspects of Arizona -- sometimes spectacular, but always beautiful, sunsets.
There are not a lot of downsides in a highly-regarded resort like Voyager. One would be the bleakness of the RV site loops, with few trees or other greenery and gravel is throughout the RV side of the park. If you have one or more dogs you'll need to make sure you are assigned to a "dog-friendly" loop, since you aren't allowed to even walk them in other loops.
All told, we prefer less of a neighborhood and more of a campground feel of an RV park, Like most of the Encore properties, its base business is the full-time residential park and receiving RV visitors may be treated as an afterthought. There is also a list of restrictions to be aware of, such as not hanging laundry on clotheslines, so check the rules carefully.
The long, narrow sites were odd, with RV front doors facing the tow vehicle or toad of the next-door neighbor, but we conferred with them and agreed to park our own vehicles next to our sites instead, which also helped to open up the outdoor space a bit.
With the size and quality of the park, as well as the most amenities and activities you can offer, I rated the Voyager RV Resort 4 out of 5 stars, the only downsides being the lack of greenspace and the slim width of the RV sites. We would highly recommend the resort under most circumstances.
Jack Huber is a novelist with 7 mysteries published, along with several books of poetry and photography. Now retired, he and his wife, Nadyne, are free to travel the country in their 32' 5th wheel and 1-ton Ford pickup.