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Hilltop Retreat

Space for 2 Rigs
35 ft max
3 nights maximum

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3 days
1 month max
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  • Slideouts Allowed
  • Generators Allowed
  • Barbecues Allowed
  • Lawnchairs Allowed
  • Pets Welcome


  • 15 Amp Electric Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Tow Vehicle Parking
  • $5/night requested for hookups


No dump but electric is avaliable. Water is also available. We are 2 miles east of I-19, 12 miles North of Nogales. Elevation is 3800 ft. Zip is 85648. Any donation provided for staying will be donated to the Rio Rico Rotary Club Foundation. Money from the Foundation is used for Scholarships, food for the needy and several more depending on the situation. Santa Cruz County is overall a low income County but is a great place to retire because of the Weather and cost of living

Our location is on a hill with a great view. Nothing fancy but a safe, quiet spot.

House Rules

No smoking outside. No open fires, barbeques only

Access Road Conditions

Paved road, hilly and curvey. 2.6 miles East of Freeway. Over hanging branches should be watched for. Not normally a problem.

Tow Vehicle Parking Details

On our RV Pad or other open area. Medium sized vehicles only/ Our pad has a slight slope to the rear so you should be able to easily level your rig if need be!


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Contact us for availability We have a 35 ft pad but you need to be able to level your rig as the pad slopes slightly to the back. We also have a circular driveway that can accomodate class c and class B rigs A class A can park on the pad. The pad is about 38 ft so will accommodate a 40 ft rig with the rear overhang


Rio Rico,, AZ, United States of America

Suggested Local Attractions

Tubac Precidio, Tubac Art Colony, Titan Missile site. Nogales Az Museum, Bird Watching., Patgonia Lake, the Mexican border., hiking trails along the Santa Cruz river.

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Member Since
April 26, 2012
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References for Hilltop Retreat


February 2021

A beautiful respite!

"Awfulart2" was just wonderful! We had a lovely chat upon arrival and he helped me get settled after a small complication on my end. He was generous in checking in on me, but gave me my privacy. Beautiful site on top of the hill and I was able to take some time to explore Tubac and Nogales. Thank you so very much for your hospitality and I'd love to come back if I am ever this way again.


March 2020

Wonderful hilltop retreat!

Fabulous views, quiet location hosted by a sweet man!


March 2020

Incredible View

A very nice experience from start to finish. Our host was helpful with directions and greeted us when we arrived at his beautiful spot perched high on a hill. Not the best weather but when we woke up there were views for days!

R and R Travellers

December 2019

Super Host.

Art met us with pruning shears in hand to loop off branches that were restricting our access. Tree had grown since our last visit. Very much enjoyed conversation and getting caught up since our last visit 5 years ago. Thanks again Art


December 2019

Great people

None of our stays with Boondockers Welcome hosts have been anything short of fantastic and out hosts here did not disappoint. We are on our way to Baja and they gave us a wealth of information and even a couple of books to help us in our travels - it was so generous and much appreciated. Thanks guys!


November 2019

Wonderful place and host.

This is our second time staying at Awefulart2’s place. Even though there was some arrival/departure juggling, he was willing to be flexible and accommodate us. The view of the valley and mountains from the parking spot is wonderful and the traffic past the house is minimal. Rio Rico is pretty small but it has a great grocery store, laundromat, few restaurants, gas & propane, everything that we need is close by. Can’t thank you enough for hosting us on short notice and providing such a great location.


February 2019

Great stay

Thank you, Alice, Art and your wonderful, friendly dog Ranger for hosting us the night. We appreciated the nice conversation and your wonderful sense of humour. Our dogs are missing you.
Annette, Jürgen, Lovise and Arwen


February 2019

Great Stay

Really enjoyed ourselves & our host was excellent. Highly recommended.


January 2019

Nice stop big view.

It was easy to find this stop. Art did not aspect us so early but it was alright. He is a very friendly host and helpful. The view was fantastic. We highly recommend this host.


January 2018

Highly recommended.

We had a wonderful stay with Art and his wife Alice. They were very accommodating during our stay and we even had a wonderful dinner, at a local restaurant, with 2 of their friends. From our campsite we saw roadrunners, Javalina and all sorts of bird life. If ever back in the area, and need a Boondocker site, we would not hesitate to stay here again.

A former member

January 2018

The Amazing Art Show!

How did he do that? How did Art provide a full family of wild Javelina to appear in their front garden for us to see on our first evening here, after we’d told him we’d never seen any before, during all our trips in the Arizona boonies! And Alice provides free non-stop dining for a myriad of colourful wild birds. Once, they all disappeared, to be replaced by a Gray Hawk dropping by for inspection! All within feet of our RV window! We seemed to see more close-up wildlife here than weeks out in the wilds! We temporarily adopted a blue hummingbird. Art had great communication with our initial contact and stay arrangements, and was full of useful information. Note also: very safe here! Great place, great experience, well recommended!

Johan and Loes

January 2018


What a nice visit we have at your place and lovely talkings (Art is talking 24/7 I am afraid :-) ). Hope to visit your Dutch son in law next month. Hope to see you again when/If we visit usa next year. Thanks for your hospitallity
Johan and Loes, the Dutch guys


December 2017

Great Host!

We stayed 2 days at Arts location, very cordial host, and great guy. Pad beside the house was good , and we were given electrical hookup, much appreciated. We would definitely stay again if in the area, and would host Art and his wife if they came to Canada!


December 2017

Helpful host. Beautiful setting.

Awful Art is a very nice gentleman !
Don't tell him that I said so !
He likes to maintain his reputation...

Great spot on circular drive.
Many birds and even javelinas for company ! Very secure.

Beautiful setting in desert hills.

A delightful stay before crossing the border into Mexico.

Art was easy-going with my changing arrival dates and times. He was kindly available to answer questions and provided great local references for services needed before crossing.

Nogales is a wonderful crossing, by the way. Friendly, pleasant, efficient. The best of my 5 crossings made with a vehicle.

Thanks, Art, you helped me to have a good start on my first RV camping in Mexico.

As a solo woman traveler, is much appreciated !

I had a wonderful 7 days camping on my way to San Miguel.

Marabelle Starr

October 2017

All good!

Stayed over night on my way back from a camp trip. It was higher than expected temps and my host offered electric so I could cool down my trailer with the a/c. Also, I was able to put my big dog in the fenced back yard so he could rest and cool off---I appreciated that part so so much! Host gave me some reading material about the area and made me hot coffee early in the morning for my trip back home. Very accommodating. Thank you so much!


February 2017

Quiet spot

A very nice spot overlooking the valley. Flat and quiet. Even a bird feeder out for our own private birdwatching ! Art was very helpful with local info, and we were especially thankful for the cold beer on arrival!

Johan and Loes

January 2017


Thanks for staying in the front of your house on a beautiful spot! Hope to see you a next time personal
Regards Johan & Loes

A former member

January 2017

Beautiful views

Thank you to this fine gentleman - a great host. Awoke to beautiful sunrises in the hills after a restful sleep. As stated previously - not for larger motorhomes.


October 2016

beautiful setting great stay

our hosts were great hilltop view of sunsets peaceful nights

La Strada

April 2016

Absolutely fabulous

Art and Alice give us an very nice welcome, we had a nice chat and they give us an very good advice for my problem with my glasses. We got an nice dessert and an few good magazines.
We were very happy to stay on this place.
La Strada
Mia & Clemens


January 2016

Windy, hilly road to get there but a great view upon arrival.

We enjoyed an overnight stay with AwfulArt and came to realize he is AwsomeArt, instead. He explained that his handle goes back to younger days.

A great host with a wonderful view of the Rio Rico valley from his hillside location. For us, it was convenient and easy to reach on paved road, but the hills and curves may be a challenge for larger rigs or 5th wheels, unless you are skilled at maneuvering.

Art has a small parking area where he used to store his 5th wheel trailer, before selling it. Fairly level but slopes a bit toward the hillside. Rather than park there and block our wheels up, we just parked on his cement driveway for the evening in our 20ft Roadtrek.

Good guy and we enjoyed our brief visit with him while passing through lower Arizona on way to Nogales, Mexico.

R and R Travellers

February 2014

Wonderful hosts

Art & Alice's site has a lovely view down over Nogales but rigs that are longer than 32-34 ft. may have trouble accessing the site. We tow a 36' Fiver and it was a challenge getting there, due to the steepness of the approach to the parking spot but, once there its was wonderful. If tight turns and precipitous corners intimidate you, be wary. Art & Alice are gracious hosts and if you're a Rotarian try and join Art at their club's sunrise meeting on Tuesdays. Thanks Art & Alice.
Rick & Roberta

Trekken Dean

December 2013

Awful Art is an awesome guy !!

We stayed with Art on our way into Mexico while making the Nogales, Az crossing. Art has a Beautiful home with a beautiful view of the valley below. Art is very hospitable and helpful and we enjoyed chatting with him. His name should be Awesome Art because he is such a nice guy.