STARS: 4.75 out of 5
LAS CIENEGAS NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA, 40 MINUTES SOUTH OF TUCSON, NEAR THE MEXICO BORDER, CLOSE TO SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK, KARTCHNER CAVERNS, THE BIOSPHERE 2, AND OTHER SITES: GPS 31.7812° N, 110.5843° W
I really liked this spot. It might even be 5 out of 5 stars.
It was very spacious with ample room to boondock between spots. Many of the camping spots were loops, albeit some loops were tighter than others. There was a turn around at the end, but again, for our rig it still would have been a tad tight. (We opted to exit by turning around in a different loop of a site rather than go to the end). Remember though, we have a 45 foot fifth wheel monster.
When we arrived it was pretty busy so we took the first spot available that we could get into which happened to be a back in. Turned out to be a nice spot with great views. Were there better spots? Sure, but this one worked just fine. No matter the size of your rig, you'd find something.
If this section happens to be packed, which it could be, there is an "overflow"area that is labeled "group sites" in the other direction. When you hit the T, to get to this area you turn right. And then right again when you see the sign by the tree (isn't that what grandpa always said? "Turn right by the big tree..." ;)
If instead you turned left and went in the direction of the group sites per the sign at the T junction, you could park there, too, it just wouldn't be as private.
In addition, on the opposite side of the road from this spur (so on the left instead of the right) immediately before a cattle grate, if you are head "in", there is another dirt road that has some spots on it to camp. It would have been tight for us, but many rigs wouldn't have any trouble.
It's nice and remote, but close to a lot of activities, and only about 40 minutes to Tucson.
There wasn't trash around like at some boondocking spots. Although there also weren't any trash receptacles, so be prepared to pack out.
There was potable water at the "ranger station" (that's not what it was called, but it was something like that. It's on the paved road in before you get to the T on the left side.)
We had many channels off our digital antenna and good Verizon and ATT. Good enough to stream, in fact.