Colossal Vail Lodging


Vail is a small community about 24 miles southeast of Tucson that doesn’t have its own hotel. There are many hotel options in Tucson and several in Benson (26 miles southeast of Vail). If you prefer to stay near the event venue but do not want to camp, we recommend checking VRBO and airbnb.


Camping is available at Colossal Cave Mountain Park for free. We recommend that event participants camp in the grassy area just east of the start/finish line. There are bathrooms, BBQ pits and lots of shady mesquite trees. There is no parking immediately next to the camping area, so campers are encouraged to drop off their supplies, park near the cowboy statue or near the stables, then walk to the camping area to set up.

There is also a lovely campground located within the Park, called El Bosquecito (the little forest). The road to La Selvilla Campground was damaged during summer storms and is no longer passable, although some campsites are still accessible before the road is blocked in the interest of public safety.

There is a dedicated RV area, although space is limited. If you have an RV, please contact Tony (General Manager of Colossal Cave Mountain Park) directly to arrange a place to park it.


You can find a map of Colossal Cave Mountain Park here.

El Bosquecito Campground

Directions to the Start/Finish

From I-10 take exit 279 and turn east on Colossal Cave Road. Brown signs will guide you to Colossal Cave Mountain Park. After passing through the town of Vail, turn right at the light to stay on Colossal Cave Road. At the stop sign at Old Spanish Trail, turn south/right and drive into Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Follow signs toward “Ranch” and “stables.” The start/finish line is located within the main corral within La Posta Quemada Ranch.

If you’re traveling through Tucson, take Broadway east to Camino Seco and turn right (south). Turn left at the first light, Old Spanish Trail. You’ll stay on Old Spanish Trail until you reach Colossal Cave Mountain Park (about 17 miles).