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Welcome to the Southern Arizona's #1 camping network!

Our focus is backpacking, but also car camping and do more: Hiking, socializing and basically anything a fun group of backpackers like to do: Small evening hikes to all week treks, long strenuous all-day hikes to river tubing and socializing in the local bar, beginners' to advanced backpacking trips, canyoneering and climbing. As a member, please browse our calendar regularly, and you'll find the right trip for you! Or look at a summary of some of our past and planned trip and info on our meetings.

There are many hiking groups in Tucson. While backpackers hike, and hiking is usually the starter drug for backpackers, we are a different kind of people. Find out for yourself!

If you're from Tucson, and are addicted (to camping only, please!), this is your group; and you are the group! Whatever you like doing related to camping - we'd like to share it! So, take a moment to fill out the polls and tell us what you'd like us to do. Planning a trip and have room for more people? Interested in leading a trip or getting involved? Just us an email with your questions or suggestions.

If you're just getting into backpacking, you'll also find some information on gear etc. in our files section. However, the best entry is just doing it: Start hiking, hiking more till you get tired of it, car camping to try out your gear, then graduate to backpacking!

There is a fee to join. $5 dollars for a 1-year membership or annual dues. For some advanced backpacking trips requiring a permit you must pay. We are based out of Tucson and most of our members live in Southern AZ. A lot of our trips take us far though, so we have members from CA, NM, WA...

Please note that by signing up, you take full responsibility for your own health and safety, and agree with our disclaimer and rules. All trips on this site are private trips and you participate at your own risk. Also note that this is an online forum.

Trip organizers frequently send out updates, information and questions to the group. Make sure you receive those messages and answer within a day. If you are removed from a trip, check your email filter settings, spam folders for unanswered emails, your answers regarding assumption of risk, in the sign-up list as well as your profile, and your payment for the deposit. If you get removed from the group, try signing up again and re-consider your answer regarding the assumption of risk.

Happy trails!

PS: Note that every trip hosts is in charge of his/her event. Contact them directly with questions regarding their events. Messages to the official organizer 'nobody' are not read.

We're 658 Backpackers

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Saturday, February 13, 2016 8:00 AM

    Family Friendly Car Camping at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

    20 Backpackers attending
  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 6:00 AM

    Fremont Saddle Hike followed by Renaissance Festival

    12 Backpackers attending
  • Friday, March 4, 2016 7:00 PM

    The Banff Mountain Film Festival

    24 Backpackers attending
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016 10:00 AM

    BEGINNER BACKPACK - Charlie Bell in Cabeza Prieta NWR

    9 Backpackers attending
  • Thursday, March 10, 2016 6:45 PM

    TUB Crawl (aka Monthly Meeting)

    50 Backpackers attending
  • Friday, March 11, 2016 12:00 PM

    Waterfalls of the Superstitions - 2 night backpack

    10 Backpackers attending
  • Thursday, March 17, 2016 8:00 AM

    4-Wheel Drive Adventure around Coyote Buttes South

    10 Backpackers attending
  • Saturday, March 19, 2016 7:30 AM

    HOME, HOME ON THE RANGE-Las Cienegas Range

    8 Backpackers attending
  • Friday, April 1, 2016 12:30 PM


    11 Backpackers attending
  • Friday, April 1, 2016 2:00 PM

    It's back! Car camping, cooking & hiking. Dragoons addition!

    30 Backpackers attending
  • Thursday, April 14, 2016 6:45 PM

    TUB Crawl (aka Monthly Meeting)

    21 Backpackers attending
  • Saturday, April 16, 2016 9:00 AM

    The Devil's Road - Cabeza Prieta NWR SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST

    1 Backpackers attending
  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016 8:00 AM

    Saguaro Man (Arizona's Burning Man)

    12 Backpackers attending
  • Thursday, May 12, 2016 6:45 PM

    TUB Crawl (aka Monthly Meeting)

    15 Backpackers attending
  • Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:30 PM

    Conditioning hike - Blacketts (or Phoneline or Road)

    1 Backpackers attending
  • Friday, May 27, 2016 5:00 AM

    Machu Picchu

    11 Backpackers attending
  • Saturday, June 4, 2016 6:00 AM

    Belize and Guatemala

    4 Backpackers attending
  • Thursday, June 9, 2016 12:00 AM


    8 Backpackers attending
  • Thursday, June 9, 2016 6:45 PM

    TUB Crawl (aka Monthly Meeting)

    6 Backpackers attending
  • Friday, June 10, 2016 1:00 PM

    West Fork Oak Creek - advanced backpack

    5 Backpackers attending
Founded Nov 8, 2008


nobody, Beth Haas, Jeff B., Max Oana, Paul
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