We had gotten a late start to the day (as usual), and we had a fairly long drive from our last stop in Almogordo, NM. So we arrived to Justin’s Diamond J RV Park after dark. We had called on our way to make sure that was going to be ok, and the person in the office gave us our spot number. Even though we knew where we were supposed to park, getting set up in the dark was not without its complications. We were both exhausted from the drive and stressed from having to set up in the dark. Fortunately, a couple of our new neighbors turned their outside lights on and offered to lend us a hand. One neighbor helped us back the trailer in, and the other offered us a much needed beer once we got set up.
What stands out most for us is what this park is missing rather that what it has for amenities. They do have a laundry room, but are missing bathrooms and showers. My mom visited us during our stay at Justin’s, and having access to an additional bathroom and showers would have been nice during that time. What was also missing was a pool. While I recognize it is not reasonable for every RV park to have a pool or hot tub, but it is something the park directly neighboring has, with similar rates. If the neighboring park was not a 40+ park we most likely would have tried to get a spot there. This park also offers a mini golf and pitch and putt courses, both of which are due for some maintenance. The proximity of the pitch and putt course to people rigs also seems a bit concerning.
The things this park is lacking are mostly made up for with their proximity to Pima County’s Tucson Mountain Park and the short drive to Saguaro National Park. Trails into the county park leave from the back of the RV park. Not only are the views great, but we enjoyed taking short hikes, leaving straight from our RV. It is also an ideal place for anyone who enjoys mountain biking.
The sites throughout the park varied in dimension. We felt fortunate that we had very wide spot with plenty of room to put out the awning, and park the truck. We saw many spots that were just wide enough for an RV and not much else. There were even a handful of improvised spots. It was very clear that this park, and I am sure most others, in the area are in high demand during the winter. We learned from one neighbor that they had booked their spot here a year in advance. I guess we were lucky they had an opening for us. All spaces were gravel, and ours was very level. The roads though the park are paved and well maintained. There were many garbage dumpsters, but no recycling. (The neighboring park did offer recycling.) Also all of the dumpsters were together at the front of the park, so it was not entirely convenient.
I would say over all, Justin’s Diamond RV Park is average. We didn’t have many options since many parks in the Tucson area are 55+ and we didn’t book it very far in advance. If we were to return to Tucson we’d try to book further in advance to get an RV Park with more amenities.
Justin’s Diamond J RV Park
3451 S San Joaquin Rd
Tucson, Arizona 85735
Phone: (520) 883-3349